Arsenal appoint Richard Garlick to assist Edu with contract negotiations

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Richard Garlick is taking up a new role at Arsenal (Picture: Getty Images)

Arsenal are set to bring in Richard Garlick as their new director of football operations, as he leaves his position of director of fotball at the Premier Legaue.

The Athletic report that the new arrival at the Emirates will not take up the job until later in 2021, when he will succeed Huss Fahmy in the role.

The director of football operations position will see Garlick work in close collarboration with technical director Edu and handle contracts at the club.

He has plenty of experience in similar roles, working as director of football administration at West Brom and spending eight years at the Hawthorns before taking up his role at the Premier League.

His Premier League position involved a wide range of tasks, incluidng youth development and coaching.

However, his expertise is based on the legal side of the game, having held numerous positions at law firms and working in sports law, which is a background the Gunners were looking for in their new hire.

When the Premier League appointed Garlick in 2018, they said of the new arrival: ‘We are very happy to have secured a person with Richard’s knowledge and experience to take on this vital role at the Premier League.

‘He is well known to clubs and respected by all.’

Garlick added: ‘Having sat at the Premier League table on the ‘other side’ for almost eight years, I am confident of being able to add something to what is already a very talented team as we continue to strive for improvements in all areas of football administration and young player development.’

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