Arsenal ax head of implementation Darren Burgess as part of mini-cull following club not eligible for the Champions League
- Unai Emery launched a question at the end of the season as to why the team collapsed dramatically
- Darren Burgess is almost certainly a victim in the next campaign
- His departure is yet to be completed, but he will leave unless a last-minute change occurs
Arsenal & # 39; s head of performance Darren Burgess leads a miniscule back room staff after the club's failure to qualify for the Champions League.
Sportsmail understands that the Gunners have told Burgess that his services are no longer needed and has extended an offer to terminate his employment with the club.
Elsewhere, Darren Page, who has worked with the senior team in England, has also left a long-standing masseuse, a decision in sources claimed by Burgess.
Arsenal head of performance Darren Burgess will leave the Premier League club this summer
Page, a popular member of the back room setup, had been with Arsenal since 2009.
Sportsmail revealed last week how manager Unai Emery inventoried the end of the season, why the team dropped so drastically at the end of the season and it seems that Burgess is paying the price for the club's failure to play Champions League football to ensure.
The Australian, formerly from Liverpool, still has to officially ratify his departure, but that is supposed to be a formality.
Burgess arrived in the Emirates at the start of the 2017/18 season, then chief executive Ivan Gazidis sent out the performance expert to help stalk a team stuttering under Arsene Wenger.
At the time, the Arsenal hierarchy considered a shake-up in the back room that would have put long-term coaches at risk to Neil Banfield, Tony Colbert, and Gerry Peyton – but Wenger – in a game of power – tried to protect his trusted assistants after their FA Cup win against Chelsea at the end of the 2016-17 season.
Unai Emery conducted an investigation as to why Arsenal's performance popped up at the end of the season
So Gazidis, as an alternative, appointed Burgess – an addition that was approved by Wenger.
But since then, the coach has struggled to assert his authority, especially during his first season at the club, Wenger & # 39; s notorious stranglehold on football operation.
However, last summer after Wenger & # 39; s departure, Burgess was central to the decision to bite a number of key members of the legendary manager's long-term back room team.
Sportsmail understands the decision to get rid of the leading physio Colin Lewin – who was hugely popular and respected at London's Colney base in the club – particularly the existing staff and players who had come close to Lewin.
Indeed, sources of training grounds claim that Burgess's popularity behind the scenes has declined this season, with some even questioning his methods privately at the club's headquarters.
And the decision has now been made to let Burgess leave for next season.
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