Steve Rowley played a key role in Arsenal success under Arsene Wenger and was chief scout before leaving the club in 2017 but the club have announced his tragic passing aged 63
Arsenal have announced the tragic passing of their former chief scout, Steve Rowley, after a short illness.
Rowley played a key part in Arsenal’s success under Arsene Wenger, spending over two decades in his role as chief scout before departing in 2017. A club statement read: “Everyone at the Club is deeply saddened to announce the passing of our former Chief Scout Steve Rowley after a short illness.
“Steve, 63, had been associated with the Club since January 1980, when he began a part-time role in our youth scouting operations in Essex. Notable early successes in the identification of talent – including Tony Adams and Ray Parlour – led to a full-time position during George Graham’s time as manager.
“Upon his arrival in 1996, Arsène Wenger appointed Steve as our Chief Scout, a position he held until 2017. During four decades with the Club, Steve and his network of scouts were responsible for identifying and securing many players instrumental in on-pitch success for the Club.
“Our thoughts are with Steve’s family and friends at this time. Rest in peace, Steve.”
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