Wednesday, 30th January, 2013

Arsenal have announced that long-serving youth academy head Liam Brady is to leave his role in May 2014.

Brady, a former cultured midfielder, has been at the Gunners for 24 years and has played his part in helping to bring through some of the club’s brightest talents of recent times.

But now the 56-year-old has decided to put an end date to his stint in North London and will bow out with 25 years on the clock.

The long run-up to Brady’s departure gives Arsenal sufficient time to appoint his successor and for Brady to hand over his work and fully brief the man who will become the new academy head.


Arsenal have also vowed to discuss new roles with Brady in order to keep him involved at the club.

And CEO Ivan Gazidis has been quick to pay tribute to the Irishman.

"Liam has a deep understanding of what it takes to discover and develop a talented youngster into someone who can perform at the highest level", he told his club’s official site.

"He has made a massive contribution to Arsenal Football Club. It will be difficult to find a worthy successor but we will be looking for someone who can build on what Liam and his team have created."

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