Forget the Arsenal legends; this man has just been fired and is perfect for the job

We are of course talking about the Youth Academy director role at the club which could be perfect for this former Reading manager

Arsenal legend Liam Brady looks all set to leave the club after announcing his retirement from May 2014. The Irishman has been the head of the clubs Youth Academy since 1996 and in that time has overseen the development of players such as Ashley Cole, Cesc Fabregas and Jack Wilshere into full international players.

Now with him on his way many a name has been linked with the envied role, many of whom are ex-Arsenal players.

But these are no ordinary ex-Arsenal players these are legends in North London.

Dennis Bergkamp is currently assistant manager at Ajax and has experience with youth team football after successful periods with Jong Ajax.

Patrick Vieira is another name linked. The former midfielder and captain currently holds a similar role to Brady at Premier League rivals Manchester City. The Frenchman has also expressed a wish to work with Arsene Wenger in the future.

Then there is Marc Overmars. A former director of football at Go Ahead Eagles and now at Ajax he would also be a brilliant option.

But there is one former Arsenal player who has recently become unemployed who would be absolutely perfect for the role.

We are in fact talking about former Reading gaffer Brian McDermott.

McDermott has been made the early favourite for the Leeds job but he would be an excellent option as a replacement for Brady.

The 51-year-old spent seven seasons as a player in North London before going on to finish his career with the likes of IFK Norkopping, Cardiff City and his hometown of Slough.

It was with the Berkshire club he first stepped into management and he then went on to work at Woking before being recruited as Reading’s chief scout in 2000. After that he went on to become the reserve team manager and youth team boss working with the likes of Brendan Rodgers at the club.

During his time in the youth system the likes of Shane Long, Gylfi Sigurdsson and Jem Karacan were all brought through the ranks in his nine year spell behind the scenes.

He would relish the opportunity to work with Arsenal again and bring through the talent that the club has become synonymous with under Arsene Wenger.

The only question is; would McDermott get itchy feet waiting for Brady to retire.

What do you think? Is McDermott perfect for the job?

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