Reports from the Independent claim Arsenal are prepared to appoint Darren Burgess as director of high performance.
Former Liverpool man is supposed to provide assistance to Arsene Wenger and offer his expertise in medical, fitness, psychology and performance analysis inside the Arsenal academy. Burgess will not interfere with Arsenal’s player recruitment or scouring processes.
Burges is expected to use his experience to aid Arsenal get to the bottom of their injury issues and fitness problems which have been bugging Gunners’ players for far too long now.
The 43-year-old highly-rated football specialists is currently performing a role of High Performance manager at the Australian rules club Port Adelaide and is expected to join up the Arsenal staff team on full-time once his contract with Port Adelaide expires at the end of their season.
The arrival of Darren Burges comes as a compromise of sorts with Arsenal not appointing a director of football, but an expert who is expected to work closely with Arsene Wenger and not interfere in his side of the job.
Burges is a highly-rated asset who worked with Liverpool from 2010 to 2012 when he collaborated with three different managers Kenny Dalglish, Roy Hodgson and Brendan Rodgers, performing the role of head of fitness and conditioning.
With Brendan Rodgers having brought in his own fitness staff from Swansea City, Burgess ultimately decided to step down from his position at the Anfield-based club.
Burges hands-on approach and close relationship he maintains with the players is expected to help Arsenal move forward from the fragility inside the squad which this season resulted in many injuries to first-team players, most notably Santi Cazorla’s ongoing issue.