Ivan Gazidis who was the CEO at Arsenal since 2009 has left his role to. Join Italian Club AC Milan. Now this news might not be as breaking as it sounds because this was talked about in the media for a couple of months. It was all about when the news will be announced as true.
The announcement of his departure came on the clubs website today confirming that he would begin his role in Italy on December 1st. With his departure Raul Sanllehi and Vinai Venkatesham is all set to lead the club.
Gazidis said that the decision to leave after 10 years was ” the hardest of my life”.
He went on to add “Change and succession is not only inevitable for a club like Arsenal – it is a necessary”.
“For the last 10 years I have been privileged to dedicate myself to this great club,” he said. “Arsenal is entering a new chapter and I have done everything I can to take on the challenge. This includes world-class facilities and outstanding leaders in every sector who carry the values of the club, including, of course, Unai Emery, Raul Sanllehi and Vinai Venkatesham in whom I have enormous faith. ”
Josh Kroenke, said:” It has been a pleasure working with Ivan. We will miss the wisdom, insight, and energy he brought to our club on a daily basis over the past decade. We are confident we have outstanding people in Raul and Vinai and we look forward to working with them and coach Unai Emery to continue to move the club forward on and off the pitch. ”
Raul Sanllehi who was head of football relations now is the Head of Football at the club. Vinai Venkatesham moves from chief commercial officer to managing director.
These are existing times and we feel only positives coming out of these changes. Yes these are a lot of changes but then this is what we wanted. There was a need in modern football for different personelle taking care if specific job than one person managing all.
The results of these changes will be seen only in another three four years time on the pitch and hopefully these are bringing out the best for us.