Gunners go for a Burton
Wenger hails appointment of new reserve team boss
By Pete O'Rourke - Follow me: @skysportspeteo. Last Updated: July 5, 2012 8:43pm
Terry Burton: Joining Arsenal as the club's new reserve team boss
Arsenal have named former Wimbledon boss Terry Burton as their new reserve boss and head development coach.
Former Gunners youth player Burton will help fill the void by Steve Bould and Neil Banfield's promotion to the first-team coaching staff following Pat Rice's departure.
Burton had been working as assitant manager to Dave Jones at Sheffield Wednesday and the 59-year-old was delighted to be returning to Arsenal having worked there before in several role between 1979 and 1987
"I'm delighted and proud to be joining Arsenal as reserves and head development coach," Burton told the club's official website. "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.
Burton also paid tribute to Jones and Sheffield Wednesday for allowing him to make the move to the Emirates.
"I would like to take this opportunity to thank Dave Jones and everyone at Sheffield Wednesday for their support and understanding," added Burton. "Wednesday is a great club and I leave behind many great friends. I wish everyone at Sheffield Wednesday the best of luck for next season."
Gunners boss Arsene Wenger was delighted to add Burton to the club's coaching staff.
"We are delighted that Terry Burton is joining Arsenal," noted Wenger. "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."