Arsenal management team made in Manchester

Mike Arteta’s backroom staff has been announced formally, ahead of their trip to the Vitality stadium.

Two of the four confirmed assistant coaches under Arteta have ties to the Manchester teams and if you count Arteta as the fifth member of the team, that would be three in five who have ties to the city of Manchester.

Let’s start with the manager, Mikel Arteta, whose career as the most famous assistant manager in football was birthed in Manchester. Having spent three and a half years at Manchester City and seven trophies later has moved to Arsenal as their manager. Made in Manchester.

Steve Round, an experienced football journeyman who has three decades worth of football management experience. He worked as the assistant manager at Manchester United under David Moyes. After Moyes’ sacking at Old Trafford, he joined the Manchester City ”City Football Group” as a Football Consultant for a year. He will be an assistant manager at Arsenal. Made in Manchester.

Albert Stuivenberg, a Dutchman, who enjoyed a brief career as a Dutch youth prospect whose career was ended by a serious injury. Stuivenberg has been coaching since 1992, in the Netherlands and has moved to England and Wales on various teams. He was in Louis van Gaal’s technical team at Manchester United when he took over from David Moyes. Stuivenberg is currently an assistant manager with the Welsh national team under Ryan Giggs and will take the dual role of assisting the Welsh and Arsenal managers until after the 2020 European Championship in the summer. Made in Manchester.

With the three Made in Manchester men named. It would be interesting to see if they can get the club competitive and winning silverware before fellow fallen giant Manchester United.

Philani Mukwakwami


Sports are a hobby horse of mine, what happens in-between the lines is just as thrilling as what happens outside of them.