Saturday, 9th February, 2013

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger believes that replacing Liam Brady as the club’s head of youth development will be a tough task and one they must get right.

Brady will be departing the role in May 2014, by which time he will have served for 25 years with the Gunners.

The former midfielder made his announcement early in order to give Arsenal a long period to find a replacement, given the crucial nature of his task at the club.

And Wenger well accepts that it is vitally important Arsenal get the right successor to Brady in place.

"Hopefully, we will be able to replace him with somebody who can continue his work", Wenger told his club’s official site.


"That’s a very important department for us, especially considering our policy. We really have to be very careful on what’s happening after him.

"We need somebody who has an experience of youth development, can give guidelines to the way we want to play football, and can organise the whole technical department from a very young age up to 18 years old.

"It’s important that the person has a knowledge of the development of the player."

Wenger is sure to be at the heart of appointing a successor for Brady, with a talent search now well under way as Arsenal seek to ensure his replacement can have a long handover period with the Irishman.

Brady is set to stay involved with the club in some capacity however and will not completely sever his ties with Arsenal.

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