Arsenal set to hire Premier League's director of football Garlick

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(Reuters) - The Premier League's director of football Richard Garlick is set to become Arsenal's new director of football operations "in the coming months", the club said on Thursday.

Garlick, a qualified solicitor, has been with the Premier League since 2018 and also held the position of West Bromwich Albion's director of football for eight years.

"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," a club spokesman said.

"His responsibilities will include football operations in the first team and academy, all player contract management and relationships with football's governing bodies."

Garlick takes over a position that was vacated in November by Huss Fahmy, who was hired in 2017 and helped with contract negotiations for the club's players as well as new recruits.

(Reporting by Rohith Nair in Bengaluru; Editing by Toby Davis)