Brady to leave Arsenal role next year

Updated: Wednesday, 30 Jan 2013 13:01

Arsenal have announced Liam Brady will leave his role of head of their youth academy in May next year.

The former Republic of Ireland international and analyst for RTÉ Soccer has worked with Arsenal’s academy for the last 17 years.

Arsenal has said they are discussing potential other roles for Brady at the club.

Brady - who also had spells in management with Celtic and Brighton, as well as being assistant to Ireland boss Giovanni Trapattoni - took over as Arsenal's head of youth development and academy director in July 1996, helping bring through the likes of current England internationals Jack Wilshere and Kieran Gibbs.

Gunners 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."

The 56-year-old former Ireland midfielder made more than 200 appearances for the Gunners between 1973 and 1980, winning the FA Cup in 1979, before joining Juventus where he went on to claim the Serie A championship twice.