Arsenal legend Dennis Bergkamp is being tipped to make a sensational return as head of the club’s youth academy.
The Guardian claims Bergkamp is ‘a leading candidate’ to succeed Liam Brady in the position, with the 56-year-old former Republic of Ireland international midfielder set to step down from his post before May 2014.
"Liam has a deep understanding of what it takes to discover and develop a talented youngster into someone who can perform at the highest level," said Arsenal chief executive, Ivan Gazidis.
"He has made a massive contribution to Arsenal. It will be difficult to find a worthy successor but we will be looking for someone who can build on what Liam and his team have created."
Brady was initially appointed to the role in 1996, and has overseen the progression of some of Arsenal’s top young talent – including current first team players Jack Wilshere and Kieran Gibbs.
Bergkamp, meanwhile, joined the Gunners as a player in 1995, and spent 11 years in north London under Arsene Wenger before enjoying a testimonial against Ajax in the first match at the Emirates Stadium.
The 43-year-old is now Frank de Boer’s assistant at the Amsterdam Arena, having enjoyed a couple of years coaching youth teams in the Dutch capital.
Arsenal are seeking a ‘household name’ to replace Brady, according to the paper, and it doesn’t get much bigger than Bergkamp when it comes to the Gunners.
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