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Liverpool Miss out on Signing Arsenal Head of Medical Services

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Arsenal’s Gary O’Driscoll had been expected replace the departed Andrew Massey at Anfield.

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Having seen head of medical services Andrew Massey depart for a prestigious FIFA appointment in March, Liverpool had been widely reported to have secured Arsenal head of medical services Gary O’Driscoll as his replacement.

When Arsenal began their search for their own new head of medical services to replace O’Driscoll, his Liverpool appointment seemed certain. Now, though, it appears the situation has changed, and that O’Driscoll will not be joiing the Reds.

Instead, he has reportedly decided to back out of his Liverpool agreement and stay with Arsenal, which leaves the Reds to begin their search again for a replacement for Massey, who spent seven years in his role at the Merseyside club.

According to reports out of London, manager Mikel Arteta and technical director Eduardo César Daud Gaspar pleaded with O’Driscoll to stay on in the role he has filled now for more than a decade—and were successful in their efforts.

With Massey currently directing FIFA’s medical department and O’Driscoll backing out of the Liverpool gig, academy medical head and four-year club veteran Jim Moxon is set to continue as the interim head of medical services for the club.