By Matt Fortune

Arsène Wenger will not prevent Liam Brady returning to his homeland as part of Giovanni Trapattoni's Republic of Ireland set-up - provided it doesn't hamper his work at Arsenal.

The Frenchman revealed that he has not spoken to Brady about the position because the Academy Director is away. However a chat with the Arsenal legend is on his 'to do' list.

Brady assumed his current role in 1996 and Wenger often speaks highly of the job the Irishman has done.

"He is very important to us because he is in charge of the youth set-up here," said Wenger. "You know how important that is at Arsenal Football Club so it is vital to keep our structure going."

Of the vacant position alongside Trapattoni, Wenger admitted that he knew little about it and would address the matter when Brady returns.

"[It wouldn't be a problem] if it doesn't stop him doing the job he does here properly," continued Wenger. "I haven't spoken to him yet as he was away but I will when he comes back.

"I am not against it as long as it is not too demanding time-wise.

"At the moment I cannot come out [and talk about it] because I don't know how long this new job will take."

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15 Feb 2008