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Arsenal have chosen Academy Operations Manager Lee Herron to oversee their brand new ‘Talent ID’ department, in another backroom staff reshuffle.
Herron has been working closely with Academy Manager Per Mertesacker since joining from Reading in 2018, and will now head up his own operation, according to Training Ground Guru.
The former Royals academy man spent 17 years with the club, before moving to the north London side. He will be joined by Steve Brown, the Head of Coaching at MK Dons, who is taking on the role of Lead Talent ID Co-ordinator.
These personnel changes fill the void left by the sacking of former head of youth scouting, Steve Morrow, and seven other scouts last November.
Former Arsenal defender Morrow, who was at the club for over 11 years, was let go following a restructure led by Technical Director Edu, and Mertesacker.
The new Talent ID department will ‘identify and recruit a reliable pipeline of exceptional Arsenal DNA talent for the Academy and, ultimately, the first team’. Ages range from pre-Academy (U9s) through to the U23s, with a particular focus on the U16s.
More appointments to the new department are expected to be made in the coming weeks and months.
Lee Herron finds himself with big boots to fill, with Morrow’s work resulting in a sparkling academy set-up, seeing the likes of Bukayo Saka, Ainsley Maitland-Niles, Joe Willock and Reiss Nelson all heavily feature for the first-team this season.
Other promising youngsters coming through the academy include Tyreece John-Jules (on loan at Lincoln City), midfielder Miguel Azeez and 17-year-old Catalin Cirjan.