Premier League director of football Richard Garlick is set to step down in 2021 to take on the role of director of football operations at Arsenal.
The Gunners need a new director of football following the departure of Huss Fahmy in November in a behind-the-scenes mass restructuring program.
Fahmy has held the position since 2017, after working at Team Sky, and helped bring Mikel Arteta back to the club as manager in 2019.
According to The Athletic, Garlick will fill the vacant UAE post later in 2021, stepping down from his Premier League post after being in office since 2018. He is currently responsible for football operations, youth and coaching criteria and young player. education.
A qualified lawyer, Garlick has worked in an administrative position at club football level, having previously served as director of football administration at West Brom before joining the Premier League.
Garlick will work alongside Edu in Arsenal’s operations team, where he will be responsible for negotiating player contracts and agent relations.
This will take some of the blame away from Edu, who balanced out a selection of negotiating tasks after Fahmy’s departure. However, Garlick will not be in his new position in time to deal with entries and exits in the Emirates during the January transfer window.
Arsenal are currently in 11th place in the Premier League after claiming three consecutive wins after a disappointing start to the season. The Gunners are nine points from Champions League spots and 11 points from the drop zone, and face back-to-back home games over the next seven days with visits from Crystal Palace and Newcastle.