Bergkamp eyes Arsenal coaching role
The 44-year-old Ajax assistant rejected a scouting position when he retired in 2006 but is now interested in going back to north London
Dennis Bergkamp has revealed he would like to return to Arsenal in a coaching role.
The former Netherlands international brought the curtain down on a hugely successful 11-year stint in north London when he called time on his playing career in 2006.
Bergkamp rejected the chance of a scouting position at Arsenal following his retirement, but after two years as an assistant to Frank de Boer at Ajax, he says he is now open a return.
“The feeling Johan Cruyff has had for Barcelona, I have the same with Arsenal,” the 44-year-old Dutchman told The Telegraph.
“At Arsenal it was a good click. I always enjoyed it. I never had a bad day there. It is always on my mind. It is part of my ambition to come back at some stage.
“I can’t really plan ahead. I know I will be here [at Ajax] for at least another three or five years and then I don’t know. I don’t see myself being at Ajax for the rest of my coaching career. I don’t see myself as a manager.
“I see myself as being part of the coaching staff. I really enjoy that role, especially the individual training with the strikers.”
Bergkamp also revealed that other former Arsenal players are open to a return, including Patrick Vieira, currently Manchester City’s elite development squad coach, and Thierry Henry, who is still playing, in MLS.
He continued: “I’ve spoken to or have heard about others who would also love to come back.
“Steve Bould is there now which is excellent. I’ve spoken to Patrick Vieira and Thierry Henry would love to come back to Arsenal one day. Tony [Adams] is a big option as well.”