Date: 30th January 2013 at 1:38pm
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Arsenal have announced that Liam Brady will retire from his role as Head of Youth Development in May 2014. The announcement has been made now so that a successor can be recruited in plenty of time. Brady has held the role since Arsene Wenger’s appointment in 1996, but has notified the club of his desire to step down in 18 months time.

Brady was himself a product of the club’s Youth Academy in the 1970s and went on to be considered one of the finest players to ever play for the club. In 1980 he moved from Arsenal to Juventus and also represented Sampdoria, Inter Milan, Ascoli and West Ham United, before managing Celtic and Brighton and Hove Albion. In his role at Arsenal, Brady has overseen the development of the likes of Ashley Cole, Jack Wilshere and Kieran Gibbs.

Arsenal chief executive Ivan Gazidis said: “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 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.”


In related news, Arsenal’s U-19s have drawn Internazionale Milano in the first knockout round of the Next Gen series. Whilst Arsenal Ladies are also expected to announce their new manager later today.