Growing list of reports is emerging with claims that head of Arsenal’s Academy Andries Jonker is ready to quit the London-based club for a return to Bundesliga club Wolfsburg.
The Dutch former footballer and manager spent two years with Wolfsburg, prior to joining Arsenal in 2014. Jonker worked as an assistant manager to Dieter jecking at the Wolkswagen Arena helping the Wolves to the semi-finals of the DFB Pokal in 2013.
The 54-year-old tactician replaced Liam Brady at the helm of the Academy at Arsenal, but the German media outlet Bild claims that Andries Jonker is now prepared to take the managerial role at the Wolves, who sacked manager Valerien Ismael on Sunday.
The German club’s officials have decided to part ways with Ismael following a poor run of results which left the Wolves in a dangerous position after 22 rounds. Wolfsburg are currently occupying the 14th place in the standings with only 22 points next to their name, only above Hamburger SV and four more than Ingolstadt in 16th and 17th, respectively. Darmstadt 98 are rock-bottom side with 12 points.
Disappointed with their club’s position in the league, Wolfsburg management opted for shock therapy and are now prepared to bring back a man who is well acquainted with the club, facilities and the philosophy.
Wolfsburg have reportedly bought Jonker out of his contract with the Gunners and are ready to unveil him as the new manager later on Monday.
Arsenal are expected to find a temporary solution to replace Jonker until the end of the season, when the club will be making a final decision on Arsene Wenger as well.
The Gunners were previously being linked with Barcelona’s La Masia tactician Pep Segura, who could be approached at the end on the current campaign.
(Editor’s note: Jonker has been confirmed as the new Wolfsburg manager on Monday afternoon by the Bundesliga club)