Who is Kevin Betsy? Arsenal’s new under-23s coach profiled after summer move


Kevin Betsy has joined Arsenal as their main coach in their under 23s department, but what pedigree does the 43-year-old have to make him the right person to take over from the loyal Steve Bould?

Betsy has been at a number of different clubs to learn his trade, and the Gunners have now handed him the golden ticket to prove himself at under-23s level.

Here, football.london takes a closer look at Betsy, what he has done, what has been said, and what his appointment could mean going forward.

Previous roles

The ex-Wycombe Wanderers player joined the academy set up after spending five years coaching across multiple age categories within the England Youth teams set-up.

He started his coaching career at the Fulham Academy before joining the Football Association.

As a player himself, the 43-year-old has gained multiple promotions within the footballing pyramid with clubs such as; Barnsley, Bristol Cty, Southend United, Woking and Wycombe Wanderers.

Most notably, though, the former England under-18s head coach achieved several promotions with west London outfit Fulham before featuring in the Premier League teams of the early 2000s.

What has been said on the move

With such a strong pedigree and knowledge of the English game as both a head coach and player, the decision to appoint Betsy was an obvious one for Academy manager Per Mertesacker.

“We are incredibly pleased that Kevin is joining us and we discovered throughout the interview and recruitment process that Kevin is excited and passionate about joining the club and our Academy,” the ex-Arsenal defender explained to arsenal.com.

football.london understands that the new head coach was the number one candidate for filling the void left by Arsene Wenger’s ex-assistant Bould.

Betsy himself is excited about what challenges lie ahead.

He said: “It’s an honour and privilege to be joining Arsenal as Under-23s Head Coach. Arsenal is of course an iconic club in world football with such a rich history.



Kevin Betsy has been appointed as Arsenal's new Under-23s coach
Kevin Betsy has been appointed as Arsenal’s new Under-23s coach

“This is also a club with a very strong current record of developing young football players for the highest level, but also placing an emphasis on producing well-rounded young people.

“I’ve had a tremendous five years working with the Football Association in vital roles across the England youth teams.

“During this time I’ve worked with many hugely talented young players and some amazing colleagues in a wide range of departments.

“I would like to take this opportunity to thank the FA and in particular Technical Director John McDermott for allowing me to take this opportunity and making my transition into Arsenal so smooth.

“Throughout my recruitment process, I’ve had some extremely positive discussions with Per Mertesacker, Luke Hobbs and senior management at Arsenal, which has made my decision to come to the club even easier.”

What it could mean for academy players

“My work starts here and together with the talented people at this club, we aim to continue the strong work of providing the pipeline of talent to support the first team, whilst at the same time instilling the values and traditions of this football club, so that young players are ready for life as well as football,” Betsy also said upon his appointment.

These comments will excite Gunners fans and current Arsenal academy graduates like Miguel Azeez and Kido Taylor-Hart who both aspire to make the step up in the future to the first team.

And Betsy could play a huge role in ensuring these talents can fulfill their potential later on in their careers and follow the path already trodden by so many and – most recently – the likes of Bukayo Saka and Emile Smith Rowe.

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