Former Arsenal coaches Andries Jonker and Freddie Ljungberg managed to save Wolfsburg from relegation.

  • Jonker left role as Arsenal’s Academy Director for Wolfsburg job back in February
  • Former youth coach Ljungberg joined him as assistant
  • Wolfsburg finished 16th and needed to win play-off to survive

Wolfsburg were having a horrendous season before they sacked manager Dietar Hecking. With the threat of relegation looming, Wolfsburg brought in a familiar face.

Jonker was assistant manager at Wolfsburg before he joined Arsenal as their new Academy Director three years ago. He remained in contact with the German club and returned their when they came calling in February.

Freddie Ljungberg, Arsenal ambassador and youth coach, worked with Jonker while he was Academy Director and followed him to Germany to be his assistant.

Wolfsburg were barely able to avoid relegation to the second division, and had to suffer through a two-legged play-off against Eintracht Braunschweig before confirming their Bundesliga place for next season.

1-0 victories in either leg was enough to keep Wolfsburg up. Jonker and Ljungberg will now be looking to build and have a more successful next season.

Who knows, maybe the pair will return to Arsenal when Wenger finally decides to leave in the distant future.

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