Former Gunner Terry Burton has rejoined the club as coach of the reserve team and head of development. The 59-year-old rejoins Arsenal from Sheffield Wednesday, where he was the club’s assistant manager. Burton joined Arsenal as a schoolboy and won the 1971 FA Youth Cup with the club and then coached the youth team back in 1979 and worked with Don Howe in the mid 1980s. He has also had coaching stints with West Brom, Cardiff and Watford.
The Camden-born Burton has some management experience as well as he was in charge of Wimbledon between 2000 and 2004. Burton said he knows all about the tradition, history, values and class of Arsenal since he started his career with the club as a youth player and then went on to help coach the team.
He thanked everybody at Sheffield Wednesday and manager Dave Jones for all of their support and allowing him to join the Premier League outfit. He said he can’t wait to meet all of his colleagues and the players at the Emirates and get started in his new position.
Wenger was thrilled to have Burton aboard and said he’s known him for quite some time and is a well-respected figure in football. Wenger added that Burton has a wealth of experience and he’ll be a huge asset by working with the youth players and reserves. Burton will also be in charge of Arsenal’s European Under-19 NextGen Series squad and will work hand in hand with Liam Brady, who is the head of the club’s youth development.
Neil Banfield and Steve Bould were working with the club’s youth players, but they’re both going to spend time with the first team to help fill in for the departed Pat Rice. Burton helped coach some of Arsenal’s top players of the past such as David Rocastle, Tony Adams, Michael Thomas, Martin Keown and Paul Merson.
Burton is expected to join up with the Gunners in time for the club’s pre-season preparations.