Arsenal set to announce Kevin Betsy as new U23 boss after controversially sacking club legend Steve Bould

ARSENAL are set to announce Kevin Betsy as their new Under-23s boss.

The Gunners controversially axed club legend Steve Bould from the role in May.


Bould had worked as Under-23s coach from June 2019 after taking over from another ex-Arsenal ace Freddie Ljungberg.

But he was surprisingly given the boot by his former club following a dismal 10th placed finish in the 13-team PL2.

Bould's callous dismissal shocked former Gunners star Jack Wilshere who asked, "What's going on?" upon hearing the news.

The midfielder who won the FA Youth Cup in 2009 under Bould tweeted in disbelief, "Can't believe it. Another proper Arsenal man gone! What is going on??

"What a coach and what a guy… All the best Bouldy."

SunSport exclusively revealed in June that current England Under-18s head coach Betsy had emerged as a contender for the role – and last week that the club and 43-year-old were in advanced talks.

The ex-Fulham and Barnsley winger is highly-rated within the FA system, having managed the Three Lions Under-16s and Under-17s sides in recent years.

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It is another loss to the FA, after highly-rated Justin Cochrane quit his role as England Under-17s chief to become head of first-team development at Manchester United.

Cochrane has moved to Old Trafford after impressing with The FA as England Under-17 lead coach and youth development phase lead.

The 39-year-old will focus on developing United's players between the Under-17 and Under-23 age group.

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