Arsenal academy boss signs on as Wolfsburg manager

Andries Jonker returned to the struggling Bundesliga club where he was previously assistant boss from the Arsenal academy to replace Valerien Ismael.

Arsenal academy boss signs on as Wolfsburg manager

Andries Jonker has been appointed as manager at Wolfsburg following the sacking of Valerien Ismael at the weekend after a 1-2 home defeat to Werder Bremen.

Ismael had been at the helm of the Wolves for just 17 matches and was jettisoned on Sunday after overseeing only six wins in that time.

Jonker return

Wolfsburg were swift in appointing his successor, with the club's former assistant Jonker leaving his post as Arsenal's academy boss to return to a side 14th in the Bundesliga, just two points above the relegation play-off place.

"Andries Jonker knows VfL Wolfsburg well and maintained regular contact with the club even after his move to London," said sporting director Olaf Rebbe.

"Both factors were vital in us achieving this top solution so quickly. He is an internationally experienced coach and an expert tactician, who provides the best possible requirements to get VfL back on track quickly and sustainably."

Bayern Munich and Wolfsburg number two

Jonker was previously assistant to Louis van Gaal at Bayern Munich, and took over for five matches as an interim coach at the end of the 2010-11 campaign before joining Wolfsburg as number two in 2012.