Steve Bould Confirmed As Permanent Manager
After a fine pre-season Steve Bould was offered the permanent job
Steve Bould has been confirmed as the permanent manager for the 2013/14 season as of today. Bould was bought in as the caretaker manager for pre-season, following the stepping up of long-serving manager Arsene Wenger, combined with the inability of the board unable to find a suitable replacement.
Steve was in charge as the caretaker manager for just 5 games, but winning all 5 games which included success in the Emirates Cup, while also making numerous sales and departures, was enough for the Arsenal board to offer Bould the contract as permanent manager, an offer Bould has described as "the chance of a lifetime"
and an "offer too good to reject in any circumstance"
Arsenal were linked to many different managers while Bould temporarily took charger, with names such as Harry Redknapp, Jurgen Klopp, and even the recently retired Sir Alex Ferguson spread around (although mainly by Manchester City fans). Harry Redknapp leaked news about a possible contract during the friendly against Chunnam Dragons. A tweet was posted mid-way through the first half about a contract agreement in place, which was soon deleted within minutes.
Nevertheless, it was Bould who will become the new manager, his fine display showing brilliant signs for Arsenal, the board and the fans. Due to the new contract, starting with a 1 year deal that could potentially rise to 6 years depending on success.
Fans have clearly displayed their enthusiasm and joy and the move, delighted by the decision, meaning Bould may become a fan favourite soon.