Arsenal coach Arsene Wenger has confirmed Steve Bould will be his assistant next season following the departure of Pat Rice.
The Gunners announced on Thursday morning long-serving number two Rice will retire at the end of the season after 44 years with the club.
Bould, the former Arsenal defender, will be promoted from his current role as youth team coach.
Wenger said: "I always want to give a chance to people who know how we coach.
"Steve is a very good coach and brings a continuation of our philosophy."
Rice, 63, first joined the club as a youth team player in 1964 before then going on to make 528 senior appearances over 14 seasons.
After a four-year spell with Watford in the early 1980s, Rice then returned to Arsenal as youth team coach before joining Arsene Wenger's backroom staff following the Frenchman's arrival in 1996.
Wenger paid tribute to Rice following confirmation of his retirement, saying on www.arsenal.com: "Pat is a true Arsenal legend and has committed almost his whole life to Arsenal football club, which shows huge loyalty and devotion to this club.
"Pat has been amazing for me over the past 16 years. When I first arrived at Arsenal, Pat was always there and taught me so much about this great club."
As a player with Arsenal, right-back Rice was a double winner in 1971 and was captain of the side that won the 1979 FA Cup. He also won 49 caps for Northern Ireland.
After becoming Wenger's assistant, Rice helped Arsenal win three Premier League titles and four FA Cups.
Wenger added: "I will always be indebted to him for his expert insight into Arsenal and football as a whole. On the training pitches and on matchdays, Pat has always been a passionate, loyal and insightful colleague, who we will all miss."
"Thank you Pat, we'll miss you and all of us wish you and your family the best of health and happiness for the future. Although, we'll still see Pat a lot, as I know he's planning to come to all the home matches as a supporter!"
Bould was put in charge of the Gunners youth team in 2001, leading them to the 2009 Youth Cup and consecutive FA Academy Premier League titles.
The 49-year-old made 372 appearances for the club as a player between 1998 and 1999, winning three league titles, two FA Cups, a League Cup and the European Cup Winners' Cup in 1994.
what do you think?
He's got no hair, but we don't care, Stevie Stevie Bould!
OOH TO, OOH TO, OOH TO BE A GOONER!!
one legend replaced with another - but please sort the defence out - bring back the near post flick on it worked nearly all the time.
Paul 'pc' Clark
He made 372 appearances between 1998 + 1999 !?! Now that was a long season lol :D
Nice one pat and thank you Up the Gooners..