Mor­row first out as Ar­se­nal pre­pare cull

The Daily Telegraph - Sport - - Football - By Matt Law

Steve Mor­row is the high­est-pro­file ca­su­alty of the de­ci­sion to re­struc­ture Ar­se­nal’s academy recruitmen­t de­part­ment.

The for­mer de­fender, who fa­mously scored Ar­se­nal’s win­ning goal in the 1993 League Cup fi­nal be­fore be­ing dropped by Tony Adams and in­jur­ing a shoul­der in the post-match cel­e­bra­tions, has been re­lieved of his du­ties as head of youth scout­ing.

Ar­se­nal are yet to announce Mor­row’s de­par­ture or news of the shake-up, as the process is in the hands of the club’s hu­man re­sources de­part­ment. But it is be­lieved that as many as seven other mem­bers of staff could fol­low Mor­row out, in­clud­ing for­mer Chelsea for­ward Dave Lee, Kevin Bead­ell, Dan Rice, Joe Sut­ton and Jay Leffe, who all hold recruitmen­t po­si­tions.

It is un­clear who has de­cided ef­fec­tively to sack Mor­row, but the North­ern Ir­ish­man was a con­tender for a pro­mo­tion fol­low­ing last sea­son’s de­par­ture of for­mer head of recruitmen­t Sven Mis­lin­tat.

For­mer Ar­se­nal mid­fielder Edu has since re­joined the club as tech­ni­cal direc­tor and some sources see the re­struc­tur­ing of the academy recruitmen­t de­part­ment as the Brazil­ian flex­ing his mus­cles.

Al­though re­struc­tur­ing at academy level is in no way con­nected to the first team, Mor­row’s de­par­ture comes at a time when man­ager Unai Emery is un­der in­creas­ing pres­sure.

Ar­se­nal would ide­ally like Emery to see out the sea­son, but a de­feat at Le­ices­ter City on Satur­day could prompt ques­tions in­ter­nally, amid fears over the fu­tures of star play­ers, doubts over the Spa­niard’s ap­proach and in­struc­tions, and un­cer­tainty over Granit Xhaka af­ter his re­cent out­burst against sup­port­ers.

Re­struc­ture: tech­ni­cal direc­tor Edu may be flex­ing his mus­cles in the changes at Ar­se­nal

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