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Arsenal have announced that Liam Brady will retire from his role as Head of Youth Development in May 2014. The announcement has been made now so that a successor can be recruited in plenty of time. Brady has held the role since Arsene Wenger's appointment in 1996, but has notified the club of his desire to step down in 18 months time.

Brady was himself a product of the club's Youth Academy in the 1970s and went on to be considered one of the finest players to ever play for the club. In 1980 he moved from Arsenal to Juventus and also represented Sampdoria, Inter Milan, Ascoli and West Ham United, before managing Celtic and Brighton and Hove Albion. In his role at Arsenal, Brady has overseen the development of the likes of Ashley Cole, Jack Wilshere and Kieran Gibbs.

Arsenal chief executive Ivan Gazidis said: "Liam has a deep understanding of what it takes to discover and develop a talented youngster into someone who can perform at the highest level. He has made a massive contribution to Arsenal Football Club. It will be difficult to find a worthy successor but we will be looking for someone who can build on what Liam and his team have created."

In related news, Arsenal's U-19s have drawn Internazionale Milano in the first knockout round of the Next Gen series. Whilst Arsenal Ladies are also expected to announce their new manager later today.

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Writer: Tim Stillman Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Wednesday January 30 2013

Time: 1:37PM

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Good player Brady but left at the age of 24 after reaching a CWC final (missing in the penalty shootout) having won the FA Cup the previous season yet doesn't seem to be considered as disloyal as some others have been. Bit of a changing of the guard going on at Arsenal with Rice going and now Brady. Who's next I wonder? :)
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30/01/2013 15:35:00

Probably because most of us aren't as old as you Amos and we weren't around to feel the pain :) (Well I was around but was only 2 at the time)
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30/01/2013 15:53:00

I was old enough to feel pretty let down at the time. But now players come and go. It's no big deal any more even if it's still a disappointment sometimes. The club's still here.
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30/01/2013 16:09:00

Now give his job to Wenger and get a manager who is not afraid to fight for trophies......;) Sorry AKBs...
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30/01/2013 16:11:00

Brady's time with Arsenal is uncannily similar to Cesc's.
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30/01/2013 16:54:00

You know LD, I thought the same thing .... though I'm pretty sure there were no Juventus players telling the media how Brady had Old Lady DNA.
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30/01/2013 17:49:00

Brady has done a brilliant job, and has set things up nicely for whoever takes over. Rumour has Bergkamp as one of the front runners - that will be sweet.
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01/02/2013 10:33:00

Can't see that happening myself - DB10 has already done his time with kids at Ajax - Just couldn't see him coaching senior players at a high level with Ajax ( pontentially in the CL next season), then giving all that up to come and coach/boss our youth academy.
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