Report: Herron to head up Arsenal’s youth scouting

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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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Badaab
Badaab
16 days ago

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.

C.B.
C.B.
16 days ago

Good to see a bird getting an important post

Badaab
Badaab
16 days ago
Reply to  C.B.

Imagine if it were a magpie

Prakhar
Prakhar
16 days ago

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

Torterrier
Torterrier
15 days ago
Reply to  Prakhar

What a curious thing to say

Prakhar
Prakhar
15 days ago
Reply to  Prakhar

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.

Snagger
Snagger
16 days ago

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

gooner
gooner
16 days ago

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

Futsboller
Futsboller
16 days ago
Reply to  gooner

Nice!

Teza Mason
16 days ago

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
Teryima Adi
16 days ago
Reply to  Teza Mason

The Academy of most elitist clubs is hit and run.

IndianGooner
IndianGooner
16 days ago

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

Sven
Sven
15 days ago

World Class Youth Developmentā„¢

The Voice of the Noise
The Voice of the Noise
15 days ago

Sounds like a red herron to me.