Steve Morrow among a number of backroom staff let go at Arsenal in major shake-up

Metro Sports 1 week ago
Steve Morrow
Steve Morrow (R) is believed to be on the way out of Arsenal (Picture: Getty Images)

Sportsmail reports that head of the academy, Per Mertesacker, is taking charge of substantial changes and former player Morrow is among the casualties.

Morrow famously scored the winning goal for the Gunners in the 1993 League Cup final against Sheffield Wednesday before breaking his arm in the celebrations when Tony Adams dropped him from his shoulders.

As many as eight staff members are set to leave the club, with Dave Lee, Kevin Beadell and Dan Rice also reportedly set to lose their jobs.

While the numerous departures are yet to be officially confirmed, ‘recommendations’ have been made for the academy employees to leave.

Per Mertesacker
Per Mertesacker (L) is overseeing big changes at the Arsenal academy (Picture: Getty Images)

Freddie Ljungberg was promoted from the under-23 coaching set-up to the first team at Arsenal over the summer in a bid to improve the progression of academy players into the first team.

Head of football Raul Sanllehi’s also stated in the summer: ‘Identifying, recruiting and developing young players is a key part of our strategy.

‘We have some great talent coming through our younger age groups and, like all top clubs, the challenge is to help them make the most of their abilities.’

The significant re-jig of academy staff under Mertesacker appears to be further steps on the road to making it a more effective operation.

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