Arsenal goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale and midfielder Jorginho have both completed their UEFA B coaching licence.
The Professional Footballers’ Association (PFA) announced the news on their official X (formerly known as Twitter) account on Saturday, and the information has put clarity to the news shared earlier this month.
The duo coached Arsenal under-14s during a training session on February 1, and it is now clear that it was part of their assessment towards completing their coaching badges.
The UEFA B Licence is a level below the UEFA A coaching Licence, and it allows holders to be head coaches of men’s amateur clubs, youth teams up to under-16 level, and assistant coaches for professional clubs.
It is the first step towards a managerial career, and the Arsenal duo could look to take it a notch higher and apply for the UEFA A Licence, which would allow them to be head coaches of youth teams up to under-18 level, reserve teams (also known as ‘B’ teams) for top-flight clubs, and men’s professional second-tier clubs.
The UEFA Pro Licence is the highest coaching certification available in Europe and generally follows the completion of the B and A licences.
It allows holders to manage clubs in top-flight divisions across Europe, and it is also required to manage in the UEFA Champions League and the UEFA Europa League.
Jorginho, who William Saliba once claimed has the best football IQ in the Premier League, said last October that he is thinking of becoming a manager once his playing career ends.
The Italy international has often been seen coaching his Gunners teammates from the sidelines whenever he is warming up.
It appears he is serious about pursuing a coaching career, and it will be interesting to see whether the 32-year-old can go ahead and fulfill his ambitions.