Cureton was a firm favourite with Gasheads and is now beginning his coaching career with the Gunners
Former Bristol Rovers striker Jamie Cureton has taken up a coaching role with Premier League side Arsenal.
Cureton, who scored 72 goals in 174 matches for Rovers between 1996 and 2000, is currently playing for Farnborough in the seventh tier of English football.
The front man was a firm fans favourite during his four year stay with his home town club and his goals to game ratio stacks up impressively with some of Rovers’ finest ever strikers.
His nomadic career has now taken Cureton to almost 20 clubs in a career spanning 25 years.
But the 42-year-old is now making his first move into a role away from playing.
Cureton has landed a role coaching with Arsenal and will work with the Gunners under 16’s and under 15’s sides.
“I’m taking my badges at the moment,” revealed Cureton.
“I was approached in the summer by Arsenal and went down for meetings and it’s gone on from there really.”
The striker has a wealth of experience to pass on to Arsenal’s youngsters, and his knowledge of the game will surely be valuable in an environment that can sometimes be suspicious of those without a Premier League background.
Despite taking on the new role Cureton is in no mood to hang up his boots just yet though, and plans to keep scoring goals for Farnborough for one more season at least.
“I’m starting out at Arsenal as a part time assistant for the under 16’s and helping with the 15’s as well,” explained the former Gas forward.
“So I’ll be working Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday and then game days on a Saturday when I can.”
Rovers fans will not be surprised to hear that Cureton is still banging in the goals despite being into his forties.
“I’ve got three goals in eight games this season,” said Cureton.
“And I’ve got three in my last two, so I’m on a good run at the moment.”
It’s clear the man who famously turned down Manchester United has still got plenty of finishing skills. This effort came for Farnborough in May.