Arsenal confirm highly regarded Kevin Betsy as new U23 boss… with former England U18 coach to replace club legend Steve Bould POSTED in June after 33 years in North London
- Kevin Betsy, 43, had been England’s U18 boss since September last year
- He has now returned to club football with the 43-year-old joining Arsenal
- He replaces club legend Steve Bould who was let go by the club in June
- The move is Per Mertsacker’s latest effort to revamp the club’s academy
Arsenal have announced Kevin Betsy as the club’s new reserves head coach.
The Gunners are looking to replace previous incumbent Steve Bould, who was sacked by the club in June after 33 years in various positions in north London.
Sports post revealed in June that England U18 boss Betsy had been identified as the prime candidate to replace Bould, and that has now come to fruition with the 43-year-old signing a deal with the club.
Arsenal have announced Kevin Betsy as the new head coach of the club’s pledges
England U18 boss replaces previous incumbent Steve Bould (second from right) in the role
Betsy told the club’s official website“It is an honor and a privilege to join Arsenal as the head coach under 23.
Arsenal is of course an iconic club in world football with such a rich history. This is also a club with a very strong track record of developing young footballers for the highest level, but also placing an emphasis on producing well-rounded young people.
“I spent an amazing five years with the Football Association in vital roles in England’s youth teams. During this time I have worked with many hugely talented young players and some great colleagues across a wide range of departments.
“I would like to take this opportunity to thank the FA and in particular technical director John McDermott for allowing me to take this opportunity and make my transition to Arsenal go so smoothly.
Betsy thanked FA technical director John McDermott (left) for his opportunities in England
“My work starts here and together with the talented people of this club we strive to continue the strong work to provide the pipeline of talent to support the first team, while at the same time instilling the values and traditions of this football club, so that young players are ready for both life and football.’
Gunners Academy manager and former defender Per Mertesacker added: “We are delighted to have recruited such a prominent candidate as Kevin Betsy through our application process.
“Kevin joins us from his current position as Head Coach under 18 for England. He has very strong experiences through the academy and youth football, and has a wealth of knowledge and skills.
“We are delighted that Kevin will drive us to continue to fulfill our vision of developing and building ”Strong Young Gunners”.
Betsy’s appointment is Per Mertesacker (L)’s latest move to revamp Arsenal’s academy
“Kevin has proven in his coaching career that he will be a colleague who can make a strong contribution to our players’ development journey by leading our Under-23 squad, including our staff and players.
“We are incredibly happy to have Kevin join us and we found during the interview and recruiting process that Kevin is excited and passionate about joining the club and our academy.”
The moves are another blow to the FA, which also recently lost U19 head coach Justin Cochrane to Manchester United.
But it comes in Mertesacker’s latest move to revamp Arsenal’s academy, which has also seen U15 coach Dan Micciche promoted to U18’s head coach.
The FA also recently lost U19 head coach Justin Cochrane to Manchester United
Before becoming a coach, Betsy enjoyed an 18-year career as a player, making over 400 appearances in the English league for the likes of Fulham and Barnsley.
He then began his coaching career at Craven Cottage academy, before working in various roles with England youth teams in different age categories for the past five years.
That earned him the reward of finally becoming the boss of the Three Lions last September, but he played that role for less than 12 months after his last step back into club football.
In Arsenal’s revamp, former MK Dons boss Dan Micciche has been promoted to U15 head coach.