Sunday, 28 November 2010

NOTW claim Pat Rice is to retire - I'd be very surprised

This morning's News of The World is suggesting that Pat Rice is set to retire from his post as Arsenal assistant manager at the end of the season.

To be honest I'd be very surprised if this were the case.

In May 2009 there were rumours circulating that Rice was going to be retiring at the end of that season.

However the club were very quick to release a statement on the official site categorically denying the assistant manager would be leaving his position.

I would be surprised if it wasn't a similar statement posted this time round.

Rice has been Wenger's assistant since he started at the club in 1996. He is younger than the manager and has shown no hints that he is preparing to put away the training ground cones for the final time.

If Rice were to leave, I'm led to believe it would be at the same time as Wenger leaves the manager's post.

The NOTW are linking Steve Bould with the assistant manager's job, but I'm told he's quite happy coaching the under-18s. He's been at the club in his coaching capacity for nine years and hasn't shown any signs of wanting to move on. 

They also suggest reserve team boss Neil Banfield could be a candidate as well.

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