With the news that emerged this week that Tony Adams would finally be returning to the club to work with the u18s alongside Thierry Henry, we wondered, what about Dennis Bergkamp?
Despite initially saying he wouldn’t move into coaching when he retired, and turning down an offer from Arsenal to scout for the club, he was soon fast-tracking his badges and took up a trainee role at Ajax.
Since then, he’s moved to a formal coaching role with the Eredivisie side before acting as assistant coach for the Netherlands’ B team. It wasn’t long before he was back at Ajax, this time as coach for the u12 team before being appointed to assistant manager of the senior side when Frank de Boer was appointed manager in 2010 alongside his youth duties with the u19 side.
In 2011 he was focusing solely on his assistant manager role with Ajax.
Speaking to Arsenal.com recently, the Iceman revealed that, despite his initial reservations about being involved in coaching, now that he’s back, he wants to be as close to the highest level as possible.
“When I came to Holland, they asked me if I wanted to do something at Ajax,” he said. “The course took me one year, and after that I got my badges and they asked me if I wanted to come into the youth department to coach the under-12s.
“To experience that, I really enjoyed that team and you realise that you want to move up to the under-19s, and then after two years I was assistant to Frank De Boer in the first team. It went fairly quickly, but once you’re there at the highest level playing football for 20 years you want to get that back. You want to be as close as possible and as quick as possible.”
De Boer has been linked with a host of clubs in the Premier League but as Everton appoint Ronald Koeman, and Claude Puel announced as the Southampton manager, his options in England are running out.
Arsenal will not be replacing Steve Bould anytime soon and it would be strange to see Dennis take a step down to return to the club, but it does feel like Arsenal are moving their chess pieces into place for the day when Arsene Wenger finally leaves.
To have Bergkamp alongside Henry and Adams would really be something all the fans could get behind.
As the UK falls apart, that something is on the horizon that could unite all Arsenal fans.
Dreams, eh? They hurt when they’re shattered but we just can’t help ourselves.
I can’t, at least.