Garlick promoted to Managing Director by Arsenal
Written by Training Ground Guru — January 25, 2024
ARSENAL have promoted Richard Garlick from Director of Football Operations to Managing Director, replacing the outgoing Vinai Venkatesham.
Garlick joined the Gunners in 2021 from the Premier League, where he was Director of Football. His responsibilities as Director of Football Operations were “operations in the first team and Academy, all player contract management and relationships with football's governing bodies."
He also took on overall responsibility for the women’s teams and player care.
Arsenal announced last September that Venkatesham was to step down as the club’s CEO and Garlick will officially replace him in the summer.
Arsenal Co-Chair Josh Kroenke said: “Richard is recognised and respected across the industry for his vast experience, and we were delighted when he joined us back in 2021 to take our football strategy to the next level.
“He has made an enormous impact since joining us, working closely with our Sporting Director, Edu, on the development and implementation of the club’s football strategy. He has developed strong relationships right across the club and wider industry.
“Rich has been key to the progress we’ve made as a club – including recent transfers – and I’m thrilled he will now lead our Executive Team and continue to drive the club forward with passion.”
Garlick added: “Since joining Arsenal in 2021, I’ve had the privilege to be involved with almost every aspect of this incredible club. I’m excited to take us forward in my new role as we move into the next phase of delivering the vision of our owners, Stan and Josh.
“I’d like to thank the Board for the support they’ve given me, and Edu for his support as I pursued this opportunity. I’d also like to thank Vinai for his leadership and contribution to the club over the last 14 years.
“I look forward to continuing to work with them all as I transition into this new role and drive the club forward.”
Before his time at the Premier League, Garlick held several roles at West Brom from 2010 to 2018, including Director of Football Administration, and was appointed to the Board of Directors in December 2010.