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Friday 06 July 2012

Arsenal announce Burton return as coach

Gunners appoint former assistant manager as reserve team coach

Terry Burton was assistant manager at Arsenal in the 1980s

Arsenal have announced the appointment of Terry Burton as their reserve team and head development coach.

Burton returns to the club he served as a both youth team player and a first-team coach following the departure of Pat Rice as assistant manager at the end of last season and the subsequent promotion of Steve Bould and Neil Banfield.

"I'm delighted and proud to be joining Arsenal as reserves and head development coach," Burton told the club's official website.

"I have known Terry for many years and he is hugely respected and highly regarded in the game"
- Arsene Wenger

"Having started my career at Arsenal as a youth player, and then as a coach, I know the history, class and values of this great football club. I can't wait to get started in my new role and to meet the players and my new colleagues."

The Barclays Premier League club's manager Arsene Wenger added: "We are delighted that Terry Burton is joining Arsenal.

"I have known Terry for many years and he is someone who is hugely respected and highly regarded in the game.

"Terry brings with him a wealth of coaching experience and he will be a great asset for us, working with our reserves and youth development players."

Integral part

Born in Camden Town, north London, Burton joined the Gunners as a schoolboy and was an integral part of Arsenal's FA Youth Cup-winning side in 1971.

He later joined the Gunners as a youth coach in 1979, and helped bring through a hugely successful generation of players including Tony Adams, David Rocastle, Michael Thomas, Paul Merson and Martin Keown. The 59-year-old was also Arsenal's first-team coach during Don Howe's spell as manager in the mid-1980s.

Burton continued his coaching career with Wimbledon, where he spent time as manager, Watford and Cardiff City, where he was credited with bringing through Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey.

He also coached the first team at West Bromwich Albion before working as assistant manager at Sheffield Wednesday and helping Dave Jones's side win promotion back into the Championship.

Burton, who joins next week, will take charge of Arsenal's reserves and, alongside head of youth development Liam Brady, will influence coaching strategies across all of the club's youth development age groups.

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Key Points

  • Terry Burton joins Arsenal from Sheffield Wednesday
  • The 59-year-old becomes reserve team coach
  • He will also influence youth strategies across different age groups
Tags: Arsenal