Who is the best man to replace Pat Rice at the end of the season?

Assuming the below story is true of course?…Personally I think a change to the backroom coaching staff is just what we need. A new number 2 to bring in some new ideas and made toughen up our defence.

I would love to see Keown or Adams come back so that he can we work with the defence as well as change their attitude to how he was i.e. You will not beat us, over my dead body old school defending.

Arsenal assistant boss Pat Rice is set to retire at the end of the season, according to The News of the World.

The 61-year-old first joined the Gunners as a player in 1964, going on to make 528 appearances for the club, winning the ‘Double’ in 1970-71 and captaining them to FA Cup glory in 1979.

The right-back – born in Belfast but brought up in Islington, a stone’s throw from Arsenal’s former Highbury home – also won 49 caps for Northern Ireland.

After his retirement from playing in 1984, Rice took up an appointment as Arsenal youth team coach and remained in that position for 12 years.

But after the resignation of caretaker boss Stewart Houston – who was in temporary charge as manager following the sacking of Bruce Rioch – Rice filled in as the caretaker and achieved three straight victories in his three games at the helm, giving him a 100% win record unique among Arsenal managers.

After the appointment of Arsene Wenger, he took up the assistant managerial role alongside the Frenchman. It is the position he still holds.

Former Arsenal centre-back Steve Bould, who has impressed as the club’s Under-18 Academy coach, and reserve team manager Neil Banfield, are both believed to be potential candidates to fill the vacancy when Rice retires.

It is thought that Bould, who with Lee Dixon, Tony Adams and Nigel Winterburn comprised the legendary Arsenal back four assembled by previous manager George Graham, could offer Wenger particular expertise in the defensive area of the team.

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  1. AFC

    November 28, 2010 at 12:49 pm

    Bouldy. Enuf said and you know why? His work at U18 and the fact that in a couple of years majority of the players would have passed through his hands.

  2. Barker26

    November 28, 2010 at 12:50 pm

    Dennis Bergkamp

  3. Mustang

    November 28, 2010 at 1:07 pm

    Wow! 46 years service to one organisation! That must be a record, well done Pat Rice. If the story is true then that will be a well deserved retirement indeed. It will also be good for the club as we need to bring in a new crop of coaches to the first team to shake things up a bit, Keown, Bould or Adams would be my choice ib that order.

  4. VanDaManPersie

    November 28, 2010 at 1:07 pm

    Whoever it is need to be tactical awarded. I’m tired of Wenger’s blind vision. We need some1 who is not a ‘yes’ man

  5. king gooner

    November 28, 2010 at 1:21 pm

    there is only one man suitable for the job,the man who coached a stand in defense all the way to the cl 2006 final & set a cl defensive record that stands to this day ,a man who scared the crap out of old horse face at manure,the man who knows what it is to wear our shirt with pride,the man who knows how to defend as if his life depended on it,the man who has intelligence & is not a yes man & will stand up to wenger,ladies & gentlemen.i give you………………MARTIN “IN YER FACE” KEOWN!!!

  6. Espengunner

    November 28, 2010 at 1:22 pm

    Martin Keown

    He would add them some guts and teach them how to defend. He would add some sort of crazyness and fighting-till-I-die spirit

  7. shaun timmal

    November 28, 2010 at 2:29 pm

    O’Leary, mofos. – He is proven, and before u useless buggers start crying – “but he relegated Leeds” just remember they were champions league semi finalist the year before

  8. stephen hawke

    November 28, 2010 at 2:31 pm

    i think steve bould is the right man for this job, i also like the idea of dennis bergkamp

  9. Dedie

    November 28, 2010 at 2:46 pm

    I would tip Dennis Bergkamp for the job.. A young man with football vision. Would do a good job training with the boys.

  10. Yiddo Joe

    November 28, 2010 at 2:49 pm

    The man to replace Pat Rice is John Barnes. Another useless idiot!

  11. Jekyll

    November 28, 2010 at 2:57 pm

    Any of that old back 5 would be great, but can’t see Wenger doing it for the very reason they would challenge him and take some of the credit. He’ll bring in some unknown French bloke.

  12. trollz

    November 28, 2010 at 3:07 pm

    lol @ o’leary.

  13. Craigie

    November 28, 2010 at 3:31 pm

    Bould or Adams.

    All our youth players know and respect Bould and vice versa, he’s had success with U18s and he was an outstanding player in an area we’re really suffering with at the moment.

    Adams would be a good shout because Portsmouth were really good at the back when he was their assistant, but I’d rule out Keown purely because he isn’t doing much. Adams and Bould went straight into coaching/management when they left us and to do any form of management requires a lot of dedication.

    I think Adams would also have a bit more influence at Arsenal because he’s a bit more high profile and was playing and captaining Arsenal to success more recently.

  14. Jay

    November 28, 2010 at 3:40 pm

    I vote the badass martin keown!

  15. o2ba

    November 28, 2010 at 4:08 pm

    sol campbell,

    he is a great motivator, and also would be great for our defenders.
    this is the 2 areas where were lacking,
    this is great news pat is going, yeah he is arsenal through and trough but he is too old, im fed up watching the arsenal players warming up half hearted before a game and it hines through in matches

  16. anon

    November 28, 2010 at 4:14 pm

    bouldy is too good to be no2. i want wenger out or demoted to no2 and bould in as the main man. we will finally have a real man in charge instead of the poor example that wenger has become in the last 5 years. just my opinion so don’t all you wenger fan boys rush to defend your god…

  17. anon

    November 28, 2010 at 4:18 pm

    and one more thing: with wenger at no2 he will have far more time on his hands to busy himself with the financial aspects of the club (something he loves) and leave tactics (something he knows nothing about) to bould.

  18. tahsein

    November 28, 2010 at 4:53 pm

    @anon-you are bastard.go fuck your mom and try not to talk through your ass.and don’t talk about football which you know fuck all about.you son of a whore.

  19. James

    November 28, 2010 at 5:43 pm

    I wonder why Rice would want to retire? Maybe he too has given up on Wenger. Sits there being shouted at all game and never asked his opinion on anything.

  20. Ashley Dods

    November 28, 2010 at 8:11 pm

    I’d like it to be Steve Bould, but I reckon it might be Liam Brady.

  21. Brian N

    November 28, 2010 at 8:14 pm

    If true one answer ADAMS nothing else to be said.

  22. Kalebd63

    November 28, 2010 at 8:24 pm

    It has to be Stevie Bould
    He would make the ideal replacement as it is he who has brought through many of the youngsters

  23. david

    November 28, 2010 at 9:12 pm

    there only one man goerge graham lads and martin keown we have not won since there infulace has left the club

  24. gunner17

    November 28, 2010 at 9:28 pm

    bould is the likeliest candidate…he’s been coaching all of these kids who are emerging into the 1st team now for the past few years to great success.
    keown is too much of a winner not to brought into the coaching staff, but he needs to work his way up. he should do what bould did and work his way up from coaching the kids.
    bergkamp is a contender because him and wenger agree on most things.
    adams has a project in europe right now, i don’t think he’s available. and i don’t think wenger thinks he’s good enough.
    o’leary would be very interesting, very interesting indeed, given what he achieved with that young squad at leeds. he might come with a lot of wisdom from that situation. if he’s humble, it could be amazing.
    winterburn and dixon are busy with their media careers…they’re not up for it.

    …if wenger wants a yes man it will be bergkamp. if wenger does the right thing for the club it will be bould.

  25. nicoman

    November 28, 2010 at 9:32 pm

    we need a true Arsenal man to crack a few heads- Bould Adams or Keown.nuff said

  26. Greko

    November 28, 2010 at 10:11 pm

    Hello arsenal fans, I have a feeling it will be Patrick Viera also retiring at the nd of the season from City. Born winner, understands Wenger and has a big man pole to swing around to these arrogant spoild kids when they mess up. A little fear as well as huge presence will go a long way into maturing this young Arsenal team.


  27. Gooner

    November 28, 2010 at 10:17 pm

    Ooo Ahh Ray Parlourrrr

  28. Lee

    November 28, 2010 at 10:22 pm

    Big Tony.Surely big Tony Adams and learn a phew tricks from Wenger and the one day be manager ?

  29. The BearMan

    November 28, 2010 at 10:27 pm

    If we truly want to see Arsenal going places, I suggest two x players. T. Henry and Dennis Bergkamp. This duo will make Arsenal rock!

  30. Richard

    November 28, 2010 at 10:36 pm

    Was there not a rumour floating around a fortnight ago that Wenger was going to offer Patrick Vieria a role at the end of the season? I think its more than likely to be Bouldy though!

  31. TT

    November 28, 2010 at 10:50 pm

    F*** Henry! Great player but the last man we want throwing his ego around. Let’s not forget he has a feud with Nasri too.

    Has to be the TRUE greatest player ever at this club – DB10. Legend

  32. Lee

    November 29, 2010 at 12:09 am

    Merson…..for a laugh! How about George Graham, for sympathy?!
    Seriously, its got to be Bould. If I saw Adams pitch up I’d go and support….”them”. You know, the wankers down at shite hart lane.

  33. gunnerbill

    November 29, 2010 at 2:12 am

    Owen Coyle ,would make a great no.2 for arsene ,groom him for the main job when it comes up!

  34. JK

    November 29, 2010 at 9:01 am

    Can’t believe Tony Adams’ name hasn’t been mentioned yet?!

  35. Requiem 4 Me

    November 29, 2010 at 9:28 am

    Boro Primorac or Toni Adams ..

    BP has been a major character for many years behind the scenes .. maybe it’s time that he is exposed to the spot lights ..

    As for TA .. he’s proven as an assistant manager when he was with Redknaap at Portsmouth .. and he would definitley improve our defensive display ..

    Bould wouldn’t be a bad pick too by all means ..

  36. aged gooner

    November 29, 2010 at 9:44 am


    Read your comments before and have to say as usual very contrivercial.

    I think you should give your arse a chance as the s— that comes out of head you must spend all your life upside down.

  37. frankie frankie

    November 29, 2010 at 11:26 am

    Bould for the defensive side of things and Bergkamp for attacking wise.

  38. Raif

    November 29, 2010 at 12:26 pm

    Hahahaha @ Aged gooner’s comment to Anon
    Sums him up rather well I say LOL

  39. Raif

    November 29, 2010 at 12:34 pm

    As much as I would love Keown or even Bould, I know deep down wenger will get some fony Yes man

    Also people who’s asking for Dennis or Henry? Please get real it not time for that yet,

    and as for O’Leary, fuck him to hell the little dick, people seem to have forgotten how he was blowing kisses to bobby pires that day when they beat us at highbury costing us the league, and all the other shit he started with wenger,

  40. GunnerPete

    November 29, 2010 at 1:11 pm

    There sould be only one choice and that is Steve the magnificent Bould. He was by far the best defender in UK for 8 years and overlooked for England because of Lancashire bias. He has been the reason so many kids have come through to the first team recently and would be great advisor in Arsenes weakest area….THE DEFENCE or lacl of it.

  41. Craigie

    November 30, 2010 at 12:34 pm

    We can see from Spurs performances that Harry doesn’t know about defending at all he’s like a cockney Wenger, and Portsmouth’s amazing defence was only while TA was assistant.

    What;s special about TA is that at Arsenal he is worshipped and he commands respect, and when you’ve got kids that are 17-20 they need someone to respect and slightly fear. You can be the best coach in the world, but if I was a defender I would want to be shouted at from the touch line by someone that was one of the best of their geneation and really knows about playing defence for years at the top level.

    If I was djourou I’d be listening to TA more than I would Wenger. If we’re not going to have a real captain on the pitch then we definitely need one shouting on the sidelines.

  42. Chinadindu Ajuzie

    December 2, 2010 at 7:48 pm

    Dennis Bergkamp will be the best replacement for Pat Rice.

  43. Fevzi Hussein

    December 8, 2010 at 4:45 pm

    I think you could take your pick from Bould, Adams or Lee Dixon.
    I made the point on a previous point about Pat Rice. What on earth has been going on, on the training pitch previously? If Pat is responsible for the current batch of central defenders inept ability to defend then serious questions need to be asked. Personally I would not wait until the end of the season and would get someone in now. This could really make a huge difference to our season and seal a dream title achievement….wooooohoo!! Sorry got a bit Homer-away there!

  44. Nona Mills

    December 22, 2010 at 5:04 pm

    Dennis Bergkamp will be the best replacement for Pat Rice.

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