Richard Garlick, currently the director of football for the Premier League, is set to become Arsenal’s director of football operations, as revealed by David Ornstein for The Athletic.
Garlick is set to leave his present post later this year, which he’s been in since the summer of 2018. He will succeed Huss Fahmy in the job and will be working closely with the club’s technical director Edu.
Prior to entering the world of football, Garlick worked at several law firms, and then he became the director of football administration at West Bromwich Albion. He is now a qualified solicitor specialising in sports law. In his current role, he has been charged with the tasks of overseeing football operations, football relations, youth development, coaching and young player education.
His background in law is something that played a big part in the club’s decision to hire him, and his main area of work for them will be the players’ contracts.
Following Ornstein’s story for The Athletic, Arsenal issued an official statement, which said:
“Richard Garlick is joining Arsenal as director of football operations.
“Richard, who is currently director of football at the Premier League and was previously director of football administration at West Bromwich Albion, will join the club in the coming months.
“He will be a member of the Arsenal executive team and will be working closely with technical director Edu, manager Mikel Arteta and academy manager Per Mertesacker.
“His responsibilities will include football operations in the first team and academy, all player contract management and relationships with football’s governing bodies.
“Richard, a qualified solicitor specialising in sports law, has been at the Premier League since 2018. He was previously at West Bromwich Albion for eight years.”
Arsenal appear to be looking to act smarter than before when it comes to (re)committing players, which, on the whole, is probably a wise decision. Garlick, however, is expected to have no say when it comes to identifying transfer targets. That will still be the domain of Edu and manager Mikel Arteta.