The Gunners manager has been joined by his long-standing staff, including Steve Bould, Boro Primorac & Neil Banfield, in agreeing contracts that run until 2016
By Wayne Veysey
Arsene Wenger’s backroom staff have agreed new contracts that will keep them working alongside the Arsenal manager until 2016.
The Frenchman’s key assistants are set to formally sign two-year extensions that will be on the same terms as their current deals.
Goal understands the backroom figures include Wenger’s long-standing ally Boro Primorac, assistant manager Steve Bould, first-team coach Neil Banfield, goalkeeper coach Gerry Peyton and fitness coach Tony Colbert.
Senior medical and technical staff have also agreed deals that run until 2016, while more junior members of Wenger’s backroom team will remain on 12-month rolling contracts.
Goal revealed in October that Wenger had agreed a two-year contract extension that will extend his Arsenal reign until 2016 and a remarkable 20 years if it is honoured, by which time he will be 66.
Arsenal have not yet announced the Frenchman’s new deal, or those of his backroom staff, but it is understood that the agreements are all in place and only need to be formally rubberstamped.
Goal understands that Wenger’ fresh agreement will be on the same £7.5 [€9.1] million-a-year terms as his current contract, which expires in the summer.
The club’s longest-serving manager will not receive a pay rise but the deal will be supplemented by top-ups.
Wenger retained the full backing of American owner Stan Kroenke and the rest of the board even when he came under more pressure last season from disgruntled supporters than at any point in his Arsenal career.
The Frenchman’s position has been strengthened further by his team’s fine record in 2013, with Arsenal starting the new year at the Premier League summit and with genuine title ambitions.
Wenger is renowned for his loyalty to his staff and has made only minor changes to his backroom team during his 18-year reign.