Having learned they will lose Andrew Massey, their Head of Medical Services, to a FIFA appointment in March, Liverpool have been searching for a replacement in recent months and word today has them having secured one.
Arsenal’s Gary O’Driscoll is to be that man, with a smattering of recent rumours to that end confirmed today when the Gunners announced that they would be beginning a search for their own new Head of Medical Services.
That news was shortly followed by an official acknowledgement that O’Driscoll would be departing Arsenal, though as yet Liverpool have not officially confirmed that he will be the one taking over for Massey in two short months.
The outgoing Massey joined the Reds in 2013 as a doctor with the youth academy and became the club’s Head of Medical Services a year later. O’Driscoll, meanwhile, has been in his current role at Arsenal for more than a decade.
Having arrived under Arsene Wenger, there was said to be hope that Mikel Arteta’s arrival—with Arteta having played while O’Driscoll was in charge of the medical department—would help to convince him to remain at the club.
However, it appears any attempts to get O’Driscoll to change his mind failed, and that he will indeed join the Reds in March when Massey heads off to join FIFA, where he is expected to fill a similar role to the one he had at Anfield.