Legendary Arsenal centre back Steve Bould has been appointed manager at Belgian second division side Lommel SK, who are part of the City group.
This is Bould’s first management role since he was acrimoniously sacked as the Arsenal U23s manager after a disappointing season in 2020, having spent a total of 33 years at the club. Prior to this Bould had been the assistant manager under Arsène Wenger since 2012.
Bould will perhaps be most fondly remembered for his role in several Arsenal title winning sides, building a formidable partnership with Tony Adams.
His assist for the title-clinching goal by Adams in the 1998 season is in Arsenal folklore and remains a beloved part of the pre-match Emirates montage; “Adams put through by Bould … would you believe it!”
Lommel SK are a second division side in Belgium, but more importantly are part of the City group, the parent company that owns Manchester City.
They became the ninth club within the group in 2020, following New York FC, Melbourne City FC, Yokohama F Marinos, Montevideo City Torque, Mumbai City FC, Girona FC, Sichuan Jiuniu, and Troyes.
The City group routinely loans players out between these clubs, including seven players sent to Lommel SK last year from various sides within the group.
The Arsenal legend said in an interview on the Lommel SK website: “I am delighted to join Lommel SK within City Football Group and to work with such a talented group of players. It is a great time to join the club.”
Bould will hope for a successful season with his new side, which has the staggering player pool and loan system of the City group to rely on..
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