Monday, June 17, 2024

Report: Herron to head up Arsenal’s youth scouting

According to Training Ground Guru, Lee Herron will lead Arsenal’s new Talent ID department.

Herron joined the Gunners in June 2018 from Reading, where he was the Royals’ academy manager, and has been working closely with Per Mertesacker and Edu to reshape our Academy as head of football operations.

In recent months, Arsenal have parted ways with a number of scouts including Steve Morrow, who was head of youth scouting, Dave Lee, Kevin Beddell, Dan Price and Joe Sutton.

The report claims that Steve Brown, head of coaching at MK Dons, will work under Herron having successfully applied for the role of lead talent ID co-ordinator.

Working alongside Marcel Lucassen and Luke Hobbs, the aim of the Talent ID department will be to identify and nurture the best talents from under-9s to under-16s.

The job description for Brown’s position was posted on LinkedIn and included the following blurb:

“The aim of the Arsenal Football Academy is to individually tailor each player’s development as a footballer by providing a World Class Youth Development programme. The programme promotes the development of elite training environments to consistently outperform international competition. By placing players at the heart of the programme, the aim is to develop and grow Strong Young Gunners, within the most challenging and caring football academy in the world.”

‘Strong Young Gunners’ is a term that Per Mertesacker readily spoke about when we interviewed him earlier in the season. Recognising that a huge percentage of those youngsters inducted into the Academy won’t make it as professional players, the club aims to equip them with the tools to succeed in life whatever they do, whether at the Emirates, on the pitch elsewhere or in other professions.

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why are we posting job listings on linkedin? shouldn’t a well run organization like a professional sporting club be headhunting people to fill important positions?
they also never call me back about my interest in the position.


Good to see a bird getting an important post


Imagine if it were a magpie


Finding the best U9 talent and giving them best learning opportunities to reach U16 is where almost all the magic happens.


What a curious thing to say


Wenger had said if you haven’t been top of your trains from your early teens, you can never be a top level footballer. Significantly less development happens and less often after 18 than does between 11-16.


Heard it was between him and child catcher from Chitty Chitty Bang Bang for the position.


meanwhile Kia is the new head of the senior scouting. closely assisted by Jorge Mendes



Teza Mason

Every team should have an academy but they spend money training kids /youths to play a certain way then spend millions buying an older player with a name Look at BARCA with the talent in their academy yet they dont bring players through to the first team 2 Attacking players are injured yet they are trying to buy a 30+ player LOOK AT YOUR ACADEMY DONT THEY HAVE A PLAYER THATS ANY GOOD so why keep the academy going.?

Teryima Adi

The Academy of most elitist clubs is hit and run.


Just googled Luke Hobbs. Our youth recruits are going to be absolutely jacked.


World Class Youth Development™

The Voice of the Noise

Sounds like a red herron to me.

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