Steve Bould may have been sacked by Arsenal because the club is not as prolific at producing young talent as the likes of Man United.
That is according to ex-Premier League goalkeeper Paddy Kenny, speaking exclusively to Football Insider after Sky Sports reported on Sunday that the under-23s coach has been dismissed.
Bould, 58, has racked up over 30 years of service for the Gunners, 11 as a player and almost 21 as a coach.
The former defender spent seven years as assistant manager before taking over the under-23s in 2019.
Bould’s Arsenal youth side finished a disappointing 10th in the Premier League 2, down on a 6th-place finish the previous season.
And Kenny speculates that the Arsenal hierarchy may believe Bould’s management of the Arsenal production line was not up to scratch.
“You can look at things both ways,” he told Football Insider correspondent Adam Williams.
“It’s a long time, 30 years. He might feel he’s overstayed himself, you never know. He might need a fresh start or whatever.
“If they are having a revamp, you might ask are they getting enough youngsters coming through? They’ve had Bukayo Saka and Emile Smith-Row, but is it enough?
“I heard something the other day that said United have brought through 50 per cent of their players through their youth academy. Maybe Arsenal are trying to get there.”
Exactly 50% of all @ManUtd players since 1939 have come through the Academy.
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— Nick Speakman (@_Nick) May 23, 2021
Saka and Smith Rowe have been among Arsenal’s brightest players in what was an underwhelming season for Mikel Arteta’s side.
The pair made a combined total of 79 appearances in 2020-21, netting 11 goals and registering 17 assists.