Arsenal have announced a series of changes to do with the executive structures and level of support offered to the women’s team as part of an internal review that has been taking place since last summer. Arseblog News already revealed earlier this month that accounting changes had already taken effect. Vinai Venkatesham also announced a series of other changes following the appointment of Jonas Eidevall as new Head Coach earlier today. You can read Arseblog News’ chat with the new coach here.
Vinai confirmed that a mixture of internal and external consultants were used as part of the review following conversations with staff. The operation was headed up by Operations Director Hywel Sloman.
- A new head of medicine and head of sports science to work exclusively and full-time with the women’s team.
- Increased medical staff, as well as a full-time nutrionist and an individual development coach (my understanding is that these roles have existed in some form in the past but on a contractor basis).
- There are also plans for a new improved women’s football building at London Colney following on from the dedicated women’s team facility opened in 2016.
- The women’s team, overseen by Clare Wheatley, will now report into Richard Garlick as Director of Football Operations, who then reports into Edu Gaspar, adding another layer of executive accountability on the women’s side.
- Sharing analytics platforms currently used by the men’s team.
Arsenal also suggest that they will be “going to be investing much more than ever before” into the women’s team- eventually the accounts will reveal how much when they are available in a couple of years.
Vinai also says there will be additions on the playing side, with Mana Iwabuchi already signed from Aston Villa and the arrival of Nikita Parris from Lyon also expected to be announced soon. The piece also confirms that Arsenal will look to host more women’s games at the Emirates next season.
My understanding is that, if Arsenal get through their qualifying rounds in August, Champions League group games are the most likely games to be hosted at the Emirates. Arseblog News also understands that Arsenal Women will play two London derbies in August, with one game hosted at the Emirates and the other at another Premier League London stadium.