Arsenal go for former Wimbledon manager Terry Burton as manager of reserves


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The former Wimbledon manager Terry Burton is the favourite to be Arsenal's new reserve-team manager, after a re-shuffle following the retirement of Pat Rice at the end of last season.

Burton was an Arsenal player as a schoolboy and is highly regarded as a coach. Though well known at the club, the 59-year-old went through a formal interview process.

When Rice retired after 16 years alongside Arsène Wenger and 44 years at the club, Steve Bould was promoted from the academy to be assistant manager and Neil Banfield from the reserves to work with the first team as a coach. It was the most significant re-organisation of staff since Wenger arrived in 1996.

Burton followed Dave Jones to Sheffield Wednesday, where he holds the post of assistant manager. He worked with Jones at Cardiff City; after Jones was sacked in May 2011, Burton joined West Bromwich Albion for a spell under Roy Hodgson, as a temporary replacement for Michael Appleton.

Burton was for a short time reserves manager at Arsenal in the mid-1980s, under the manager Don Howe, having worked with a youth-team generation that included Tony Adams. He has only had the opportunity to be a manager for two seasons at Wimbledon, where he spent 14 years in different roles.