Who is Arsenal’s new director of football operations Richard Garlick?
Arsenal will appoint Premier League football director Richard Garlick as the club’s new director of football operations.
Garlick will succeed Huss Fahmy, who stepped down from the role in November 2020 as part of Arsenal’s behind-the-scenes restructuring program.
So who is Garlick and what is he going to do in North London?
Garlick is currently working as Premier League Football Director, a position he has held since August 2018. In this role he is responsible for football relations and operations, youth football development and youth player training. and coaches.
Garlick comes from a legal background. He graduated from Newcastle University in 1998 with a law degree and is a qualified lawyer specializing in sports law. Prior to entering football, Garlick worked for a number of law firms.
Taking up his role in the Premier League in 2018, Garlick became England’s very first top football manager. When announcing the appointment two and a half years ago, the Premier League described Garlick as “well known to clubs and respected by all”.
Arsenal won’t be Garlick’s first foray into club football. Before joining the Premier League, he spent eight years at West Brom between 2010 and 2018.
During his first four years with the Midlands outfit, Garlick worked in a selection of senior management positions, before being appointed director of football administration in 2014.
The Baggies were top-flight outfit during Garlick’s entire time at the Hawthorns, but he left in July 2018 after their relegation to the Championship.
Garlick will join Arsenal’s management team where he will work alongside club technical director Edu, manager Mikel Arteta and academy manager Per Mertesacker.
The club have been light in this area for the past two months following the departure of former director of football operations Fahmy, with Edu currently juggling multiple negotiating roles.
He will be responsible for football operations within the first team and the academy, the management of player contracts and negotiations, relations with agents and relations with football’s governing bodies. It’s Garlick’s expertise in the legal side of the game that would appeal to the Gunners.