Liam returned to Arsenal to head up the academy system in August 1996, returning to the Club he served with such style for seven years in the 1970s.

He has presided over a system prolific in producing talented young players, many of whom are making successful careers in the game today throughout the English leagues. Players such as David Bentley, Jermaine Pennant, Ashley Cole, Steve Sidwell, Moritz Volz and Jeremie Aliadiere have all benefited from his tutelage in recent years and now play regular top-flight football, having represented their countries at various levels.

The development of young talent and their preparation for first-team football is the Academy's priority ahead of results, but youngsters can also learn much from playing competitively in big-game surroundings.

To this end, the Academy has enjoyed great success under Brady's management, with the Under-18s winning the FA Youth Cup in both 2000 and 2001, also being FA Premier Youth League Champions in 1998 and topping their regional group last season.

The attraction of watching Arsenal's academy players today has never been better illustrated than in the first leg of last season's FA Youth Cup semi-final against Manchester United, which attracted 38,187 to Emirates Stadium - a record youth football attendance in this country.

Prior to joining Arsenal in his current role, Liam managed Celtic and Brighton & Hove Albion - having already made his name as a skilful left-footed midfielder at Highbury before winning two Italian league titles with Juventus. He also represented the Republic of Ireland 72 times.

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5 Jan 2006