Arsenal have appointed Kevin Betsy as their new u23 head coach, with Ryan Garry moving into an assistant position.
The reliable Training Ground Guru reported on Tuesday morning that Kevin Betsy had been appointed as the Arsenal u23s’ new head coach, taking over from interim head coach Ryan Garry, who had been in charge since Steve Bould’s departure.
Arsenal have since confirmed the news, posting the update on their website.
Reports from last week suggested Arsenal were in talks with Betsy to take Garry’s place. The interim head coach will join Betsy as an assistant.
Betsy has been with England since 2016, when he took over the England u15s. Since then, he’s coached the u16s, u17s, and u18s, winning four tournaments and 70% of his matches, as well as working with many of Arsenal’s young players.
Betsy included Hubert Graczyk in his England u18 squad to face Wales in March. Charlie Patino captained the u17s under Betsy, and Zane Monlouis won the Syrenka Cup with the coach in 2019, among others.
One of the key positives is that Betsy will be used to coaching teams that want to dominate the game and have the vast majority of the possession. That’s the way Arsenal should want to play, so hopefully, it will be a good fit.
Arsenal have a very talented group of young players right now, particularly with the addition of Mika Biereth and the contract extension for Kido Taylor-Hart in recent days.
They need to have the right people in place to take advantage of that, and Betsy looks like a strong choice.