The Premier League’s Director of Football, Richard Garlick, is set to join Arsenal as the club’s Director of Football Operations in the coming months, it has been confirmed.
Huss Fahmy announced that he would be leaving the role at the top flight club in October after three years with the Gunners, although his departure was said to be ‘amicable’, and Arsenal has been on the lookout for a replacement since.
The announcement followed the news that the club’s Head of Football, Raul Sanllehi, would also be leaving in the summer, with many supporters expressing concerns over who would manage contract negotiations in the interim.
Garlick will oversee the first team and academy’s football operations, whilst managing players’ contracts and maintaining a dialogue with football’s governing bodies.
He will work closely with Arsenal’s Technical Director Edu Gaspar, first-team manager Mikel Arteta and academy boss Per Mertesacker.
The qualified sports solicitor, who specialises in sports law, joined the Premier League in 2018 from West Bromwich Albion, where he acted as Director of Football Administration. In his current role, he is responsible for football operations and relations, youth development, coaching and education.