Earlier today, Arsenal confirmed that they are looking to make 55 employees redundant in the coming weeks citing the need to tighten their belt in response to the financial damage inflicted by the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.
This afternoon, the Daily Mail reports that our head of international scouting, Francis Cagigao is another whose job is on the line.
The trilingual 51-year-old is respected in the game as a leader in his field and has over 23 years of service under his belt.
Alongside former head of scouting Steve Rowley, he played a leading role in the recruitment of a number of players who went on to have impressive careers at the Emirates, including Lauren, Cesc Fabregas, Jose Antonio Reyes, Santi Cazorla, Nacho Monreal, Emi Martinez, Granit Xhaka, Alexis, Carlos Vela, Hector Bellerin, Robin van Persie and most recently Gabriel Martinelli and William Saliba.
A former Arsenal player himself, he won the FA Youth Cup in 1988, Cagigao has been something of a survivor up until now. He retained his position when Sven Mislintat was brought in above him during Wenger’s final year and survived the cull that took place after the Frenchman called time on his 22-years at the club.
When Mislintat walked following a disagreement with Raul Sanllehi about the club’s recruitment policy, there was vague talk that he might have increased responsibility. If that was true at the time, it isn’t the case now.
In the last couple of transfer windows, a pattern has emerged whereby the club leans on agents to get deals done. You would imagine that Cagigao’s exit will see that reliance further increase.
The Mail claim that Peter Clark, head of UK scouting, and Brian McDermott, the former Reading manager, will lose their positions at the club.
Earlier this year, Arsenal parted ways with a number of other scouts including Steve Morrow, who was head of youth scouting, Dave Lee, Kevin Beddell, Dan Price and Joe Sutton.
Jason Rosenfeld, the founder of StatDNA, the company that Arsenal bought in 2014 to improve the analytical side of the club also left in March to go and work for Arsene Wenger at FIFA.
It goes without saying that we wish all the best to those who are being forced out of the club at this time. We hope you find gainful employment soon.