Although most Arsenal fans don’t feel that Steve Bould really does much at all, except for point at people a bit on matchday, I can’t be the only one wondering what will happen to the 55-year-old when Arsene Wenger calls it a day…
Before Bould signed for Arsenal as a player in 1988, he played for Stoke. It’s where the ex-defender was born and he came through the Potters’ ranks from 1978 onward.
If Bould doesn’t want to step back to Arsenal’s academy, he might prefer to move back up north to Stoke-on-Trent and take up a role at his former club. I can’t imagine they wouldn’t want him there.
In April 2013, Bould was actually named as a ‘surprise candidate’ to take over from Tony Pulis. Obviously, this never happened but the link suggests that Stoke’s board could be at least keeping an eye on him.
At the moment, Paul Lambert is in charge but considering the Potters are smack-bang in the middle of the relegation zone, a point from safety, it’s debatable whether he’ll still be at the club next season or not.
“Steve Bould is a very good coach but he’s not allowed to coach them – he doesn’t do any coaching,” Stewart Robson told talkSPORT back in 2012.
“Arsène Wenger is not doing enough on the training field. He’s not coaching the players, they have got no game strategy and, because he won’t let anyone else do it, Arsenal are going backwards and some of their players are going backwards.
“Sir Alex Ferguson is not a coach. He realises that, to get the best out of his players, he has to get the best coaches.
“He’s made sure his number two is not just a yes man, which Arsène Wenger likes to appoint. Arsène Wenger, because he has got a massive ego, because he’s a dictator when it comes to Arsenal Football Club, he’s not allowing Steve Bould to do any work.”
Bould also spent 1982 on loan at Torquay United. The National League side are second to bottom at the moment and could need a boost. Having a former player like Steve Bould come on board could provide them with just that.
He also signed for Sunderland for one season before he retired. They’re looking to get relegated again this season so could do with some help. Will Chris Coleman keep his job?
Alternatively, Bould could join any other club. A new club and fresh start could be brilliant for a coach who appears to have been wasted at Arsenal.