Dutch master is moving gracefully up coaching ladder

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Arsenal legend Dennis Bergkamp has taken his first step into management after being appointed assistant coach of Ajax.

The 42-year-old will work alongside boss Frank de Boer after being promoted from coaching for the club's youth side.

Bergkamp is a former graduate of Ajax's famous youth academy, but made his name with Arsenal, making 316 appearances and scoring 87 goals during a glittering 11-year Gunners career.

In the past, Bergkamp has made no secret of the fact he would love to coach alongside

Arsene Wenger, and the Frenchman even said the former Netherlands international would become a 'very good coach'.


In 2009 Bergkamp said: “I wouldn't rule out working for Arsenal one day. I really love this club and the country and I love working here."

He added at the time: “I would advise everyone to work in England, as a player or a coach, it just breathes football. It is fantastic for the game.

“I want to work and train a team in England. Not as a head coach but instead as a member of staff, where I could work specifically with the strikers.

“Being a coach means you have to work 24 hours a day and that does not suit me. You have to watch matches at home, travel to see other teams, prepare training - it is something that I am not ready to do.”

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