O'Driscoll set to start as Manchester United Head of Sports Medicine

Gary O'Driscoll has been a familiar figure on matchday for Arsenal

Gary O'Driscoll has been a familiar figure on matchday for Arsenal

GARY O’DRISCOLL is leaving Arsenal after almost 15 years to become Head of Sports Medicine at Manchester United and begins his new role on Monday.

The practitioner - who hails from Manchester and is the cousin of former Ireland Rugby captain Brian O’Driscoll - is one of the most experienced and respected medical staff in the game.

He joined Arsenal as club doctor in 2009 and was promoted to Head of Medical eight years later, replacing his friend Colin Lewin.

O’Driscoll also has significant experience in other sports, having been Ireland Rugby’s team doctor from 2003 to 2009, doctor on the 2005 and 2009 British and Irish Lions tours and part of the emergency aid team at the 2012 Olympics.

The Gunners are in the final stages of appointing a replacement for their experienced Head of Medical.

At United, he replaces Steve McNally, who left in February after more than 16 years’ service and is now Performance Support Director for the PGMOL. Former Liverpool doctor Jim Moxon has been filling the role on an interim basis since then.

McNally joined United in 2006 under Sir Alex Ferguson and during his time at Old Trafford the club won the Champions League, Club World Cup and five Premier League titles.

Following the retirement of Ferguson in 2013, McNally went on to work with five other managers, including Erik ten Hag.

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