SHEFFIELD Wednesday are bidding to hang on to Terry Burton as Arsenal eye a role for Dave Jones’s right-hand man.
Owls chairman Milan Mandaric has told The Star of his desire for Burton to stay.
The club’s assistant manager is thought to be under consideration for the job of reserve team coach at the Emirates.
Claims yesterday that he had already had an interview are understood to have been wide of the mark.
Burton, aged 59, was a youth player with the Gunners and coached there for eight years, with the youth side, reserves and first team.
Mandaric admitted: “My understanding is that they would like to take him back there.
“I would not be happy if he goes. He is tremendously respected in football as a coach and a person. I would like him to stay at the club.
“This (Arsenal’s interest) shows the quality of the man. We’ll see what happens. It would be his decision.
“I’m quite sure Dave Jones doesn’t want to lose him. We don’t want him to go, but if he does, that’s life.
“I rate him very highly as a person and a man, and we have a good management and coaching team.”
But the Owls chief added that there had been no firm developments in the affair yet.
Arsenal are recruiting after Pat Rice’s retirement as assistant to Arsene Wenger.
Rice’s role has gone to academy coach Steve Bould, and reserve team boss Neil Banfield has been promoted to first-team coach.
Wenger said at the time of those appointments: “I have always felt it is important to have people around who understand what this great club is all about.”
Burton, a Londoner and an Arsenal fan, captained an FA Youth Cup-winning Gunners side, and he served on the coaching staff under Don Howe and George Graham.