Liam Brady believes the time is right for him to move on from his position as head of youth development at Arsenal.
The former Gunners star took up the role in 1996 after George Graham left the club and transformed Arsenal’s academy.
He saw the likes of Ashley Cole and Jack Wilshere break into the first team from the youth ranks and has seen hundreds of other players go on to make successful careers for themselves away from Arsenal.
But after 18 years as head of youth development at Arsenal, the former Republic of Ireland assistant manager has decided to step down from his role, to be replaced by Dutchman Andries Jonker, when his contract expires at the end of June.
Although the Irishman – Brady will stay on and assume an ambassadorial role for the Gunners.
“I think the time is right for someone to take over the reins.
“It’s a big, big job and you’ve got to have drive and determination.
“I just want to take things easier for myself and my family and I’m just lucky the club have said they want to stay on and help where I can help.
“I’m only too delighted to do that. Arsenal’s in my DNA.”
A youth team product himself, Brady made 307 appearances and scored 59 goals over seven season before signing for Juventus in 1980.