Arsenal’s head of medical services Gary O’Driscoll has turned down a move to Liverpool, and decided to stay in North London.
The 49 year old, who has been at the Gunners since 2009, was on the verge of a switch to Anfield, to replace Andrew Massey, who is joining FIFA. So advanced was the move that O’Driscoll was serving out his notice at Arsenal, who had posted an advert online seeking his replacement.
However, O’Driscoll has now had a change of heart and will stay with his current employer.
The reasons are both personal and professional. Although O’Driscoll is from the North-West originally, his family did not want to leave London. And the doctor is reported to be enthused by the direction that the club is taking under new manager Mikel Arteta, and wants to continue the work that he has started.
Presently, all Arsenal players and many members of staff are self-isolating because of the coronavirus outbreak, with Arteta testing positive for it last week, although he is reported to be on the mend.
Andy is an exiled English football fan living in Cyprus. He loves all sports but football is his abiding passion, and he still has dreams every now and then about scoring the winning goal in a Wembley Cup Final, even though his playing days are long gone. He follows most major leagues, across Europe at least, and has a favoured team in each. When he’s not watching, listening, reading or downloading podcasts about football, he spend his time worrying about his beloved Arsenal.