Former Arsenal player, assistant manager, and academy head coach Steve Bould has joined Belgian side Lommel SK as their new head coach.

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Steve Bould during his time with Arsenal / Photo by joshjdss

Lommel SK of City Football Group have confirmed the appointment of Steve Bould as their new head coach, with the former Arsenal man set to step into his new role immediately in the build-up to their pre-season preparations.

“I am delighted to join Lommel SK within City Football Group and to work with such a talented group of players,” Bould said of the appointment.

“It is a great time to join the club and to be part of an exciting journey in the years to come.”

Lommel SK are currently in the second tier of Belgian football, but they’ll have big ambitions as part of the City Football Group. The group contains Manchester City as well as Melbourne City FC, New York City FC, and others.

Essentially, Lommel SK are acting as one of Manchester City’s feeder clubs.

After 11 seasons and multiple league titles and cup trophies with Arsenal as a player, Bould spent the best part of 20 years working on the staff at Arsenal.

The 59-year-old managed the Arsenal u18s to a couple of league titles and an FA Youth Cup win, he worked as assistant manager to Arsene Wenger and Unai Emery, and he led the u23s for a couple of seasons.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - MAY 26: Arsenal Youth Head Coach Steve Bould and Captain Jay Emmanuel Thomas celebrate winning the FA Youth Cup during the second leg of the FA Youth Cup final sponsored by E.ON, between Liverpool and Arsenal at Anfield on May 26, 2009 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Jamie McDonald/Getty Images)
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND: Then-Arsenal Youth Head Coach Steve Bould and Captain Jay Emmanuel Thomas celebrate winning the FA Youth Cup during the second leg of the FA Youth Cup final sponsored by E.ON, between Liverpool and Arsenal at Anfield on May 26, 2009. (Photo by Jamie McDonald/Getty Images)

Bould then had a year out of the game following the decision to relieve him of his role as the Arsenal u23s’ head coach, but he’s now set for a return.

Lommel SK report that Bould has signed an “open-ended” contract, so they’ll hope he’s part of their long-term future.

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