According to Charles Watts of Goal, Arsenal’s Director of High Performance Darren Burgess is set to leave the club this summer.
The Australian has been at the club for two years, and anyone who has read or listened to the interviews with him over that period will have heard a very intelligent guy speaking really well about his work.
The backroom set up has undergone many changes in the last number of years, but his departure is the latest in a series that has added to a sense of instability around Arsenal at this moment in time.
Last October Ivan Gazidis, the CEO who was behind the Australian’s appointment, left for AC Milan, followed in February by Head of Recruitment Sven Mislintat.
There have also been reports that Shad Forsythe could depart to follow the former CEO to Italy, but perhaps the vacancy left by Burgess could see the American take a more senior role.
There were suggestions he was unhappy with an ostensible demotion when Burgess arrived, so it remains to be seen if that is the case.
As yet, there have been no official appointments made regarding a Head of Recruitment, although behind the scenes former Iberian scout Francis Cagigao is expected to take the position.
The arrival of Edu as the club’s Technical Director won’t be official until July, after the Copa America, and with a lot to do in the transfer market this summer with an already complicated squad situation, we could do without more upheaval.
Last year, the Australian was linked with a role back in his home country with Southern Expansion, but it’s unclear as to whether or not this has precipitated his departure from Arsenal.