Colin Lewin has become the latest casualty in what appears to be a real clearing of the decks by Arsenal as the backroom cull continues in the wake of the departure of Arsene Wenger as manager.
The Head of Medical Services has been with club for over 23 years, and the decision to fire him has, according to reports, left players and staff upset and angry.
Arsenal head of medical services Colin Lewin has lost his job after 23 years at the club. Shock decision delivered this morning and understood to have left many #AFC players + staff stunned and upset. Lewin leaves as part of a medical department restructure that could see more go
— David Ornstein (@bbcsport_david) May 14, 2018
The decision to let Lewin go was reportedly made by Darren Burgess who, last year, was appointed Head of High Performance last year, brought in from AFL side Port Adelaide with whom Arsenal forged a working partnership.
His appointment was made by Ivan Gazidis without consultation with Wenger, the first sign that the chief executive was being allowed to flex his administrative muscles, and it seems that Lewin, very much aligned with the Wenger era, has become a casualty of that.
Others on their way out include goalkeeping coach Gerry Peyton, first team coach Neil Banfield, fitness coach Tony Colbert, and long time equipment manager Paul Johnson is also set to be relieved of his duties.
Meanwhile, with a ruthlessness being shown to Wenger’s staff, changes could continue at youth level with an investigation of alleged bullying continuing into U23s Head Coach Steve Gatting and his assistant Carl Laraman.
Should their contracts be terminated, the club would be in a position to bring in replacements, and already there are reports that former Gunner Freddie Ljungberg has agreed a deal to return to the youth set-up he left in 2017 when he became assistant manager of Wolfsburg with former academy head Andries Jonker.
Meanwhile, it seems more and more likely that Gazidis will see his choice for manager, Mikel Arteta, rubber-stamped by the board.
At this moment, despite links to Max Allegri, the Spaniard appears to be the only name under serious consideration despite his inexperience.