Freddie Ljungberg has sent a message to the Arsenal supporters in his first interview with the club as interim head coach.
Having only taken over as Arsenal’s interim head coach on Friday, with a game on Sunday, Freddie Ljungberg hasn’t had much time for all the usual ceremony around a managerial appointment.
The 42-year-old did manage to squeeze a couple of interviews in around everything else he’s had to get done in preparation for the trip to Norwich. In his chat with the Arsenal club website, he signed off with a message to the supporters.
“They’re amazing fans,” Ljungberg said. “We need them, the players need them, that’s the main thing. We as players, staff and coaching staff will do everything we can to make them happy and just enjoy the game.
“Of course I’m confident (that I can do that), otherwise I wouldn’t have taken the job when they asked me to help. If I didn’t feel I could help, I wouldn’t have done it. I really feel that this club can all come together and put some smiles on people’s faces again.”
Obviously, Ljungberg’s relationship with the fans is one of the big selling points for him as a coach. He made over 300 appearances for Arsenal in his playing days, winning three FA Cups, two Premier League titles and a Community Shield.
The former winger has since gone on to coach the Arsenal u15s, then the Arsenal u23s, then work as an assistant coach at the club. He’s spent a huge amount of time in North London and worked his way up the ranks to this point.
If the fans give him their full backing and his team start to get some results on the board, that relationship could well grow even stronger.