There is not a lot of Arsenal news around during the international break, but we should take a little time to welcome back a former “King of Highbury”, Liam Brady. He left our very successful academy set-up a few years ago, but he is now being brought back as an ambassador for the club, which is befitting for one of our greatest ever players.
Arsenal have traditionally kept this sort of role `in the family` so to speak. Former Gunners such as Pat Rice, Steve Bould and Liam Brady are testament to this, and it is the latter’s position at the club that needs to be filled. The Irishman announced his decision to step down as academy director some time ago, so Arsenal have had plenty of time to find the perfect man to replace him.
Bergkamp’s return to Arsenal set in stone! by PM
There is no doubt that Dennis Bergkamp is seen by Arsenal supporters as one of our greatest ever heroes along with other legends like Thierry Henry and Tony Adams, and it is great news that the Dutchman is going to be rewarded with a statue of his own at the Emirates this summer.
Liam Brady has given a lot to Arsenal over the years. He began his professional playing career under Bertie Mee in 1973 and played over 300 games before a transfer to Italy with Juventus. After finishing playing, he had a couple of unsuccessful managerial stints with Celtic and Brighton before returning to his spiritual home as head of Youth Development and Academy Director at Arsenal just a few months before Arsene Wenger became manager.
When Arsene Wenger joined Arsenal back in 1996, he had already requested the signing of the French international midfielder Patrick Vieira from AC MIlan. That would turn out to be one of the most successful transfers ever, as Vieira was an integral part of the Gunners for the next nine seasons, the most successful period in Arsenal history. The 36-year old could soon be re-united with his mentor, apparently, as Wenger has spoken to him about the job of replacing Liam Brady as Head of Youth Development and Academy Director, reports the Daily Mail.
Liam Brady has been Head of Youth Development and Academy Director at Arsenal since 1996, and Jack Wilshere joined the club as a nine year old just months after the former Gunner took charge. That gives Brady a great insight into the progress and ability of Wilshere, and the Irishman has been extolling his virtues ahead of the England friendly tomorrow.
Liam Brady is an Arsenal legend, there is no doubt about it, and when he finishes his fantastic job of running the youth academy in 2014, it is vital that Arsenal pick the right man to fill his shoes. I feel it should be somebody with a big connection to the club, and Dennis Bergkamp certainly fits that description. Some newspapers reported that Bergkamp may be in line for the position, but I do not think he is the right man.