Arsenal scout Brian McDermott has relinquished his role at the club to resume duties as the manager of Championship side Reading FC.
This is his second spell at the Madjeski Stadium after he was sacked in March 2013 despite helping them progress into the Premier League.
The club, having spent over two seasons in the Championship, are eyeing a Premier League return. Who else but McDermott? Despite more glamorous names like Dennis Bergkamp who was strongly linked to the job.
“I had a few offers to come back but it wasn’t right, this felt right. Arsenal have been first class to let me go,” McDermott’s romance with Arsenal can be dated as far back as 1977 when he arrived the club as an apprentice.
“I text Arsene and he told me to keep him informed and then wished me good luck. I’m really pleased to come back, if it didn’t feel right then it wouldn’t have happened. We have some talented players and I’m really looking forward to working with them.”
Arsenal on their part is also making plans to reshuffle their scouting department. It is reported that Steve Rowley is set to be promoted to oversee the general recruitment at all levels of the club.
McDermott resigned from his role with Arsenal last Friday. #readingfc
— Charles Watts (@charles_watts) December 17, 2015
The Gunners are reportedly eyeing Steve Walsh who has been doing a fantastic job at Leicester City in the capacity of the Head of Recruitment. He superintended over the transfer of Riyad Mahrez from French side Havre for a meager 400, ooo fee from Le Havre.