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Post by SamuelJayC Thu May 10, 2012 12:26 pm

Arsenal Assistant Manager Pat Rice is to leave the Club at the end of the season after a 44-year association with the Gunners.

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Rice has a rich history with Arsenal Football Club, having first joined as a youth team player back in 1964. A Northern Ireland international right-back, he was a ‘double’ winner in 1971 and captained the side to FA Cup glory in 1979. In total, Rice made 528 appearances for Arsenal across 14 seasons.

After a spell with Watford between 1980 - 1984, Rice returned to Arsenal as a Youth Team Coach, winning two FA Youth Cups in 1988 and 1994. He took up a senior coaching role when Arsène Wenger joined in 1996.

As Assistant Manager, Rice, 63, has been Arsène Wenger’s right-hand man, helping to guide the Club to seven major honours - three Premier League titles and four FA Cups, including two ‘doubles’ in 1998 and 2002.

Arsène Wenger said: “Pat is a true Arsenal legend and has committed almost his whole life to Arsenal Football Club, which shows huge loyalty and devotion to this Club.

“Pat has been amazing for me over the past 16 years. When I first arrived at Arsenal, Pat was always there and taught me so much about this great club. I will always be indebted to him for his expert insight into Arsenal and football as a whole. On the training pitches and on matchdays, Pat has always been a passionate, loyal and insightful colleague, who we will all miss.

“Thank you Pat, we’ll miss you and all of us wish you and your family the best of health and happiness for the future. Although, we’ll still see Pat a lot, as I know he’s planning to come to all the home matches as a supporter!”

Pat, whose last match as Assistant Manager will be this Sunday against West Brom, last night enjoyed a farewell barbeque with Wenger and the first team squad.

An announcement on his successor will be made in due course.

http://www.arsenal.com/news/news-archive/rice-to-leave-arsenal-after-44-years-at-club

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BBC's understanding is Steve Bould will be promoted to become Wenger's number 2 and Neil Banfield also becoming a first team coach. (Via @Sport_Sewell )
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Post by Spider Thu May 10, 2012 12:31 pm

Thank you Pat Smile
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Post by beatrixasdfghjk. Thu May 10, 2012 12:38 pm

What about youth coach and reserve coach then?
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Post by SamuelJayC Thu May 10, 2012 12:45 pm

Wenger has confirmed Bould as new assistant.
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Post by Sina Thu May 10, 2012 1:28 pm

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Legend :bow: :bow: :bow:
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Post by beatrixasdfghjk. Thu May 10, 2012 1:46 pm

http://www.arsenal.com/news/news-archive/pat-rice-picture-gallery

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Post by Raptorgunner Thu May 10, 2012 2:10 pm

Thank you for everything you have done for us.
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Post by Sina Thu May 10, 2012 2:32 pm

New Arsenal assistant coach Steve Bould was the scorer of Arsenal's first ever goal when the Premier League started in 1992. Thumbs up
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Post by Wilson37 Thu May 10, 2012 3:13 pm

thank you legend... proud to be a gooner... :bow: :bow: :bow:
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Post by Eman Thu May 10, 2012 6:17 pm

:bow:

Good for Bould as well, although tbh a small part of me wanted Bergkamp to make a shock return to our coaching setup - not that this won't happen in the future Very Happy
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Post by TalkingReckless Thu May 10, 2012 7:32 pm

can't believe he has been at Arsenal for more then 1/3 Arsenal's 125 years...

The Man needs a big standing ovation at our last game


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Post by boss Thu May 10, 2012 7:49 pm

Rolling Eyes Legend. Smile .......................Thank u Pat ...true gunner

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Post by MJ Thu May 10, 2012 8:41 pm

True Arsenal legend.

Thank you Pat.
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Post by lenear1030 Thu May 10, 2012 9:52 pm

44 years, that's a TRUE gunner.
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Post by SamuelJayC Thu May 10, 2012 11:19 pm

44 years...double my age at one club. Only respect. :bow:

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Post by Raptorgunner Fri May 11, 2012 2:05 pm

Piers Morgan ‏ @piersmorgan

Best moment of my #Arsenal life was on Apr 25, 2004, 6pm when I sank celebratory bottle of wine with just Rice & Wenger in Spurs boardroom.
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Post by beatrixasdfghjk. Fri May 11, 2012 2:45 pm

Raptorgunner wrote:
Piers Morgan ‏ @piersmorgan

Best moment of my #Arsenal life was on Apr 25, 2004, 6pm when I sank celebratory bottle of wine with just Rice & Wenger in Spurs boardroom.
What are they doing in the Spuds boardroom :vagi:.

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