Wolfsburg hire Arsenal academy chief Andries Jonker as new coach

The Dutchman takes over with the club two points above the relegation zone.

The 54-year-old has signed a contract with Wolfsburg until 2018 after replacing sacked Valerian Ismael, who parted company with the club on Sunday after just four months.

The Wolves have won only one of their last six games in all competitions and have the third worst home record in the Bundesliga this term, having lost seven of their 12 league matches at the Volkswagen Arena.

Jonker, who was assistant to Felix Magath at Wolfsburg from 2012 to 2014, has also coached at Barcelona and Bayern Munich. "Both were decisive factors that allowed us find this top-solution in such a short timeframe", Wolfsburg sporting director Olaf Rebbe said. "He is an internationally experienced coach and an expert tactician, who provides the best possible requirements to get VfL back on track quickly and sustainably".

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At Arsenal, he has overseen a massive redevelopment of the club's Hale End academy that is close to completion, and used his connections in the Netherlands to send a host of players on loan there.

The Gunners announced on Monday that academy manager Jonker had taken over as head coach of Wolfsburg.

But, having been given the task of overhauling the club's youth set up, Arsenal's academy has shown little progress under the stewardship of Jonker. We have made significant progress and it has been great to be part of a club which puts such an emphasis on developing young players through its academy.

"I'm really looking forward to working with the two of them".

  • Regina Holmes