Thursday, May 10, 2012

WENGER HONOURS RETIRING PAT RICE AS YOUTH TEAM COACH BECOMES ASSISTANT COACH OF ARSENAL

Arenal boss, Arsene Wenger has called Pat Rice 'a true Arsenal legend' after confirming the departure of his assistant this summer. 



Rice is to leave the club at the end of the season after a 44-year association with the Gunners, and will sit in the dug-out for the final time this weekend as Wenger's trusted aide. 

He enjoyed a farewell barbeque with Wenger and the first-team squad on Wednesday night.

Steve Bould, the former Arsenal defender, will be promoted from his current role as youth team coach to become Arsenal's new No 2 with Wenger plotting the biggest shake-up to his coaching set-up of his 16-year reign.

Rice, 63, first joined as a youth team player back in 1964, was a double-winner in 1971 and captained the side to the FA Cup in 1979. 

He made 528 appearances for Arsenal over 14 seasons.

Arsenal won seven major honours with Rice as Wenger's assistant from 1996 - three Premier League titles and four FA Cups, including two doubles in 1998 and 2002.

Ex-Arsenal defender Bould, who made 372 appearances, is in his 11th year of working with the club's academy set-up.

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