Arsenal’s Head of Sports Medicine, Gary O’Driscoll, is set to join Liverpool, according to @Gunnerblog writing in The Athletic (£).
O’Driscoll oversees the Gunners’ medical department comprised of doctors, physios, performance specialists, researchers and alike. He’s based at London Colney and works with the first team, under-21s and academy players.
Apparently a popular member of staff (we’ve met him, he’s lovely), Gary joined the Gunners in 2009 after six years as team doctor to Ireland rugby.
We’re guessing here, but we reckon he probably has a lengthy notice period which means we’re not being left in the lurch.
The report says that Mikel Arteta, who spent a fair few hours in Gary’s treatment room during the final year of his playing career, tried to persuade him to stay when he heard the news, but the doc’s decision had been made.
Technical Director Edu is said to be actively looking for his replacement and the club have even gone public on a job advert.
An overview of the role details the following duties: “To act as First Team Physician and lead the Club’s Medical Department by overseeing all aspects of player welfare, injury and illness diagnosis, recovery, rehabilitation and return to play.
“To maximise player availability by ensuring the accurate prevention, diagnosis and treatment of injuries and operating a proactive approach to player care.
“To uphold the highest standards of clinical practice, governance and ethics, in line with the General Medical Council (GMC) and all relevant football governing bodies (to include FIFA, UEFA, The FA and the Premier League).”