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.