Gunners recruit former Liverpool and Palace physio

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Arsenal appear to have handed a role on their medical team to Chris Morgan, who left his position as head physio at Crystal Palace in May.

Morgan, who had previously spent three years at Liverpool, had been at Selhurst Park for 16 months and was, according to Training Ground Guru, expected to take up a new position in the North.

Morgan revealed news of his move via Instagram a few days ago and appears to have been part of the club’s pre-season preparations from the off. He lists his role on LinkedIn as senior first team physio at Arsenal.

Back in May, the BBC revealed that Colin Lewin, Arsenal’s head of medical services, had lost his job after 23 years; a decision that shocked many at London Colney.

In June, it was confirmed that physiotherapists Andy Rolls and Ben Ashworth and osteopath Dr Philippe Boixel had also left the club.

Despite confirmation of a raft of other changes on the backroom staff, thus far the club have yet to share the name of Lewin’s replacement.

Perhaps Morgan’s social media post will spur them to do just that.

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Pedant
Pedant

Coming from Palace, is he that good?

Faisal Narrage
Faisal Narrage

Pretty ignorant statement. I also imagine the Liverpool connection makes sense, as they’re one of the best around (ironically, they become one of the best when their former head of sports science from around 7 years ago set up their process. Might have heard of him? Darren Burgess?)

Pedant
Pedant

It wasn’t a statement, it was a question.

Jack
Jack

That’s not really how physios work (or players for that matter, plenty of good players have come from Palace).

Pedant
Pedant

So, is he that good? Does anyone actually know?

I’m delighted if he is a brilliant recruit but worth asking to see if anyone has any actual knowledge rather than just saying he might be.

Parisian Weetabix
Parisian Weetabix

Pretty ignorant of you to assume any of us idiots on this site would know anything about this guy.

Pedant
Pedant

Given the struggles with understanding what a question is, I guess you’re right. I live in hope though.

Jack
Jack

Oh shut up, you said “coming from Palace, is he that good” which is clearly not simply asking but implying you don’t think so.

Obviously no-one knows whether he’s good or not. How could anyone here possibly have the slightest idea?

Stenz
Stenz

Just for the bants, as doctor we should hire Eva Carneiro

Faisal Narrage
Faisal Narrage

Forget bantz, she’s highly regarded and well-respected. Would be a coup.

I imagine her time with Jose has completely pushed her from football for life (from what I hear, Jose’s continued his antics to United, pushing out of the most respected sports scientists in Tony Strudwick, who’s now left to head the Wales FA after effectively him and his entire department were frozen out by Jose).

Besides, she’s now running a very successful medicine clinic in Harley Street. She’s pretty comfortable financially I imagine.

Red-Sky
Red-Sky

Yes!

Faisal Narrage
Faisal Narrage

“Back in May, the BBC revealed that Colin Lewin, Arsenal’s head of medical services, had lost his job after 23 years; a decision that shocked many at London Colney.”

I mean, should it really? This infographic should probably give you an idea as to why he was fired; http://i.imgur.com/QW4TLw7.jpg

That’s the last 16 of his 23 year of him heading our medical department, with some pretty bad stories of our medical management (as recently as Cazorla’s management). I’m sure it would be higher if you went all the way back to 23 years (not sure data exists for that).

I can also tell you that, though recently it’s changes significantly (largely down to Gazidis), the Arsenal Medical department were known to be quite arrogant; seldom used to attend all the other major medical conferences that all the other top clubs attended and networked, preferring to run their own “internal” education stuff and really never collaborated with the sports science community as a whole (who, contrary to fan belief, are all actually quite friendly share stuff amongst each other). As stated, this started to change under Gaz, in particular the academy (who were more influenced by Gazidis and more open compared to the first team).

So yeah, I wasn’t one of the fans crying foul at Colin Lewin’s departure. Quite frankly, it was due.

Cliff Bastin
Cliff Bastin

Absolutely. As a physio, the very least you should be capable of is bending the fabric of time to predict injuries on top of being able to mind control surgeons who worked on Cazorla.

Faisal Narrage
Faisal Narrage

If you really want to ignore the fact that in the past 12 years Arsenal have the worst injury-rate of all PL clubs, something that’s been a bone of contention for fans for many years, that’s on you.

Thankfully, the person hired to review the club’s medical practises disagrees, and has made the necessary steps to remedy that.

But if you think Burgess and Gazidis are wrong for not ignoring the evidence, feel free to email them.

Jack
Jack

That’s not evidence. No scientist would say that you can draw any specific conclusions from such a rudimentary statistic. There are so many variables involved, it’s ludicrous to suggest that it indicates incompetence on the part of the medical staff.

You might notice it’s pretty strongly correlated with the size and strength of the club. With the exception of Everton it’s basically all the top clubs in England (and they were arguably among them for a large part of this period).

Someone who was actually interested in evidence, then, might conclude that there is some causal factor there. Perhaps the larger size of the squads at the top end of the division would contribute to total injuries as an absolute number? Perhaps the greater number of games played as a result of being in several competitions? I find it unlikely that all the biggest clubs in England have the worst medical staffs, don’t you?

If you tried to publish a study that concluded incompetence on the part of medical staff based on total number of injuries suffered at a football club, with no control for the aforementioned factors, length of injury, re-occurence vs. initial occurence, etc. etc. etc., you’d be laughed out of the room. It’s a quite incredibly simplistic analysis. And you have the gall to suggest other people are “ignoring the evidence”?!

Mayor McCheese
Mayor McCheese

Well, clearly Arsenal’s management felt that part of the problem was the physio team, as they’ve now been replaced, so I wouldn’t characterize it as “gall” to suggest they were identified as part of the problem. And, admittedly, that is a bad injury record, comparatively, however you look at it. United, Chelsea, and City can throw money at those problems. We can’t, and we’ve suffered for it.

Jack
Jack

No, it’s ‘gall’ to suggest people are ‘ignoring the evidence’. Which is what I said. I didn’t say it was ‘gall’ to ‘suggest they were identified as part of the problem’. Evidently they were identified as part of the problem, I’m quite sure no-one was disputing that.

Jack
Jack

The question is whether they were *correctly* identified as part of the problem.

Double98
Double98

Its not so much the injury record as the recovery record. The medical and physio team don’t cause the injuries but they do influence the recovery.
they do have responsibility in the prevention of follow on injuries.

Maybe its something as simple as they were too meek to stand up to wenger and say no to his demands to get the player on the field. Or maybe he was interfering in the process – he fancied himself as a physiologist.
maybe they were too close to the players,
maybe they were just not the best and we are one of the top 30 sports organisations in the world so why not aspire and pay to have a top support function underpinning the team.

If Santi, Diaby, Wilshere, Rosicky, Ramsay, Eduardo each had even a 5% better service (in terms of matches they could have been fit for) We could have won a title or two in the last 14 years. Because each of these players was good enough to get into any of our rivals teams (eduardo maybe aside)

ramgooner
ramgooner

It’s not like the entire medical team have been let go. Garry Driscoll has been promoted. Plenty of others have kept their jobs. Shad continues to work and I also spotted him at the world cup with the German national team.
We perhaps needed new ideas and the best way to get new ideas in was to let a guy with two decades of experience with the club go?
Also to be fair some, of the recent injuries haven’t been handled well. I can recall atleast couple or more cases in the last two seasons where a player delayed an operation and instead opting for natural recovery and wasting time.

Faisal Narrage
Faisal Narrage

Kos is a recent one.

89 was fine
89 was fine

So much is changing so quickly…im hyperventilating can’t cope, need season to start now.

Maxin In The Shade
Maxin In The Shade

These are the wholesale changes that obviously needed to happen.

I for one am excited and enthused about the seemingly new direction the club are taking in all aspects.

1ALAN
1ALAN

Hopefully pre-season gives us a small taste of what is to come,can’t wait!

DBMÖ10
DBMÖ10

For a moment on the notification, I read Psycho instead of Physio and wondered if we’d signed Benteke 😂

PeteyB
PeteyB

Ha. I get a wee laugh from my dyslexia from time to time also. But there must be better examples of a psycho than Benteke… though I’m struggling to think of a good one since Gattuso retired. They don’t make them like the old days…

PeteyB
PeteyB

Sorry… Its early, I’m being slow… Benteke ‘played football’ for both Liverpool and Palace. I get it now.

O'Brien
O'Brien

Mario Balloteli

Paul
Paul

We should hire Eva Carneiro just to piss off Mou.

gandrasch
gandrasch

Was at Liverpool 10 years though. Was their head physio for 3 years before leaving.