Arsenal Football club has revealed that Liam Brady is to step down as head of the Gunner’s prestigious youth academy at the end of May next year.
The former Ireland international has spent over 40 years associated with the North London club he joined as an apprentice in 1971, with the last 25 of those years spent as youth coach.
The 56 year old established the world renowned youth system almost 17 years ago which has produced some notable players such as Ashley Cole, Cesc Fabregas Jack Wilshire and Kieran Gibbs.
The reasons for Brady’s early notice of departure is due, in part, to the Irishman wanting to be involved in the recruitment of his successor.
The former Gunner had a glittering playing career including successful stints at Juventus, Sampdoria, Inter Milan and Ascoli. He finished his playing career at West Ham. His coaching C.V includes Celtic and Brighton and Hove Albion.
In 2008, Brady teamed up with his former Juve coach, Giovanni Trapattoni, as assistant to the Italian who was appointed manager of the Republic Ireland football team.
Speaking to the club website 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.”