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Arsenal to axe as many as 10 scouts from academy due to coronavirus (Mail)

Published on: 29 May 2020

Arsenal are set to release a clutch of their youth scouting network because of financial cutbacks as a result of the coronavirus crisis.

As many as 10 part time scouts who helped unearth talent such as Bukayo Saka, Ainsley Maitland-Niles, Reiss Nelson and Emile Smith-Rowe have been informed of the news.

The recruitment staff, who were informed of the news via email, will see their contracts expire at the end the June and not be renewed.

Sportsmail understands that a host of other Gunners employees who are on employed on a contract basis are fearful for their jobs.

The news underlines the major financial problems facing football clubs across the country.

Arsenal could look to re-employ the scouts once the depths of the financial crisis that has gripped football becomes clearer later in the year.

Earlier this season, Sportsmail exclusively revealed how former head of youth recruitment Steve Morrow was the biggest casualty in a restructuring of the club's academy scouting set-up.

Key figured Kevin Beadell, Dan Rice and David Lee - who all held academy positions - also left the club.


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