The Athletic report that Arsenal have parted ways with Huss Fahmy, the club’s chief contract negotiator.
With a background in law, he was appointed by Ivan Gazidis in 2017 from Team Sky (Cycling), working at the time with Dick Law.
After the American stepped down he took a more prominent role in the post Arsene Wenger set-up which included Sven Mislintat and Raul Sanllehi.
Since Mikel Arteta took over, and Edu became the official Technical Director following Sanllehi’s sudden departure, there have been a number of significant changes behind the scenes, including the departure of many coaches and scouting staff – including Head of International Recruitment Francis Cagigao.
Sam Dean of the Telegraph reports that Arsenal will seek to hire a football operations executive to deal with contracts, not just for signings but in terms of renewals.
The debut of 19 year old Folarin Balogun in last night’s 3-0 defeat of Dundalk might well be seen as telling as his contractual situation had resulted in an ongoing stalemate – and perhaps a different approach from the manager and his team might well secure the future of the highly rated striker.
It now means that every hire made by Gazidis as he sought to put in a place to deal with life after Wenger has gone. Mislintat was forced out in a power struggle with Sanllehi; Unai Emery lasted just 18 months in the job as Head Coach; Sanllehi was removed from his position just six weeks after KSE appointed Tim Lewis, a corporate lawyer, to provide some oversight; and now Fahmy joins them.