Arsenal have confirmed that two youth coaches have been suspended after accusations of bullying emerged earlier this season.
Steve Gatting, Head Coach of the U23s, and his assistant Carl Laraman, are under investigation, with their jobs on the line if the accusations are proven.
An Arsenal spokesperson told the Islington Gazette, who broke the original story, “We have suspended two coaches and launched an investigation following complaints from some players.
“These are private matters and we will not discuss any further detail.”
Arseblog News also understands that complaints have come from both players and parents, and the duo were absent from the sideline for the Premier League International Cup final against Porto this week.
The Arsenal team that night was managed by U18s Head Coach Kwame Ampadu, and former Gunner Ryan Garry is expected to continue his progression through the coaching ranks this summer.
Meanwhile, a number of senior coaching staff are to have their futures clarified in a series of meetings tied in to the departure of Arsene Wenger.
All of their contracts are tied to that of the manager, who will depart the club after 22 years in charge following Sunday’s game with Huddersfield.
It’s believed that some, including the recently appointed Jens Lehmann and Wenger’s assistant manager, Steve Bould, may be offered the chance to remain, but many of Wenger’s staff, such as Boro Primorac, Gerry Peyton and Neil Banfield are expected to leave as any new manager will want to bring in his own coaches.
Backroom staff should also be remaining, including Darren Burgess who was brought in last year without consultation with Wenger as the club’s Director of High performance.