Arsenal should be Bould when choosing Wenger”s successor, says Vieira
Arsenal icon Patrick Vieira has claimed Arsene Wenger should be succeeded by current Gunners youth team coach Steve Bould.
Former Stoke and Sunderland defender Bould has been working the next generation of Arsenal talent since June 2001, a year after he hung up boots at the age of 38.
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Bould has impressed in his role as Under 18s manager, leading the like of Jack Wilshere to FA Youth Cup glory in 2009, and Premier Academy League titles in 2009 and 2010.
Last summer, sections of disgruntled Emirates Stadium crowd called for Bould to be promoted to the role of Wenger”s assistan.
And now Vieira, who played alongside the towering centre back briefly at the turn of the century, has gone one step further to suggest Wenger hand the reigns over to Bould when he eventually retired.
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“Steve Bould has been doing really well,” Vieira, now working behind the scenes at Manchester City, said on Colourful Radio. “If I had to say a name then it would be him because he deserves it.”
Bould joined Arsenal for 390,000 in 1988, winning the title in his first season as part of the “famous four” alongside Tony Adams, Nigel Winterburn and his former Stoke team-mate Lee Dixon.
He also won the title in 1991 and 1998.