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Bould: I'll be learning on the job

ESPN staff
May 25, 2012
Steve Bould will take over from Pat Rice © PA Photos

Steve Bould has expressed his pride at becoming Arsenal's new assistant manager and is eagerly anticipating the challenge ahead.

Arsenal officially confirmed on Thursday that Bould will replace Pat Rice as Arsene Wenger's right-hand man, while former reserve-team coach Neil Banfield has become the club's new first-team coach.

"It is more than excitement, it is an absolute privilege and an honour," Bould told Arsenal Player. "I know I have some big boots to fill with Pat having spent 44 years at the club and that is going to be the hard part.

"I will be learning on the job a little bit but myself and Neil Banfield are more than excited."

Wenger is excited by the changes at the club, although the change of assistant marks the end of an era after Rice's 44 years of service with the Gunners.

"I have always felt it is important to have people around who understand what this great club is all about," Wenger said. "With Steve and Neil joining the first-team staff, it ensures we carry forward our traditions and approach in a consistent way.

"I am looking forward to working closely with Steve and Neil and wish them every success."

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