Former Arsenal defender and head of youth development Morrow joins FA

Morrow has plenty of experience after working for over a decade at Arsenal in a number of technical roles under Arsene Wenger.

He left the Gunners in 2019, but before that the former defender enjoyed great success as the club’s head of youth development.

Morrow helped oversee the rise of the likes of Ainsley Maitland-Niles, Bukayo Saka and Emile Smith Rowe – and it has helped him land a top job at the FA.

Morrow had originally applied to be assistant technical director, a role previously held by John McDermott, who is now technical director. 

Following the recent departure of Dr Kate Baker as head of performance insight, a decision was taken by the FA to move away from those positions and instead split the combined duties across Morrow’s new role as head of player selection and talent strategy, while also creating a separate vacant head of coaching position.

“I’m very happy to be here at such an exciting time with the Euros coming up and then the World Cup next year, especially with the emerging talent that is coming through the system,” said Morrow.

“This challenge is exactly what I was looking for when I moved on from Arsenal. The chance to take on the experiences and skills that I have developed into the right project and in a world-class environment. After many conversations with John McDermott, I’m really looking forward to contributing to the work that is happening and helping shape it for the future.”

Morrow has explained that an important part of his remit will be to create the “right relationships internally and externally” as well to focus on ensuring positive England experiences for players coming into camps, while maintaining good connections with clubs.

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