Arsenal snap up former Manchester United coach Tony Strudwick as academy head of sports science and medicine

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Tony Strudwick spent a very successful spell at Manchester United (Picture: Getty Images)

Former Manchester United coach Tony Strudwick is set to leave his post at Sheffield Wednesday and join Arsenal as academy head of sports science and medicine.

Strudwick was working as the head of sports science and medicine with the Owls, brought to the club by Steve Bruce in 2019 and has stayed on since the current Newcastle manager’s departure.

Before his stint in South Yorkshire the 46-year-old had spent seven years at Manchester United working as a first team coach, before becoming head of athletic development, working chiefly in the academy.

Former Red Devils coach Rene Meulensteen said of Strudwick: ‘Tony was instrumental to the success we (Manchester United) achieved during that period (2007 to 2013) and deserves a huge amount of credit.

‘He is a top, top professional and one of the best in his field in the world.

‘As anyone who knows him will tell you, he is also a great person and helped achieve the great harmony we had as a staff under Sir Alex.’

This comes as Arsenal shake-up their academy staff and club legend Steve Bould was relieved of his duties earlier this week.

The former defender had held numerous roles on the coaching staff with Arsenal and had gone back to managing the under-23 side in 2019, but the Athletic report that he was dismissed after a terrible season of results.

The young Gunners finish 10th out of 13 teams, having won just six of their 24 fixtures. While the club’s academy, managed by another former player, Per Mertesacker, has recently produced two genuine first team stars in the shape of Bukayo Saka and Emile Smith Rowe, results at youth level have been disappointing.

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