Arsenal are bringing in Andy Woodman as a new goalkeeping coach.
Ex-Crystal Palace and Newcastle coach Woodman, 45, will join up to look after Arsenal’s under-23s but it is part of their backroom staff shake-up.
Woodman, father of England under-20s World Cup winning hero Freddie, landed the job ahead of ex-Palace keeper Perry Suckling who was also on the shortlist.
That will strengthen Arsenal’s coaching line-up after first team keeper coach Gerry Peyton also signed a new deal.
Woodman, 45, who is best pals with England boss Gareth Southgate, quit as National League side Whitehawk at the end of the season.
Fitness coach Tony Colbert has been moved sideways as part of the club’s backroom reshuffle.
Colbert will now take up a technical role in the coaching team following the arrival of former Liverpool head of fitness Darren Burgess.
Aussie Burgess has been appointed the club’s director of high performance after agreeing a move from Port Adelaide and will oversee the whole medical set-up.
Arsenal already have ex-Germany fitness guru Shad Forsythe as their head of athletic performance enhancement and Burgess has previously done a very similar role.
But the club wanted a shake-up behind the scenes and Burgess was strongly recommended to Arsene Wenger who is on board with the appointment.
It is also understood they are still looking at further appointments having already appointed Team Sky’s legal and commercial expert Huss Fahmy.
That could mean another technical appointment while they are also looking for an academy director while a former player with a good coaching background could be a popular choice.
The recruitment and scouting departments remain largely unchanged as Arsenal try to push through a long list of transfer targets this summer.
Arsenal chief executive Ivan Gazidis will face a fans’ Q&A session at the Emirates tonight (THURS) where questions are likely on the future of Alexis Sanchez and also Wenger after last season’s frustrations.