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Arsenal’s head groundsman Reece Watson has announced that he will be leaving the club in February 2019, according to a report on the Mirror.
Reece Watson arrived at Arsenal in 2006 and worked up from assistant groundsman to head groundsman at the Emirates.
He worked closely with Arsene Wenger, who demanded the club’s groundsmen produce an immaculate surface to suit his slick passing style.
Watson did just that – the Emirates is renowned as one of the best pitches in the country – but he has announced he’s leaving. Watson will bid goodbye to the role in February.
Posting on LinkedIn, Watson wrote: “After 13 years at the club, I have decided to move on to the next chapter.
Watson announced on LinkedIn:
“After 13 years at the club, I have decided to move on to the next chapter. I will leave my position in February to start a new and innovative company which will approach things differently and I’m confident will have a great impact on our industry.”
“I would like to thank Arsenal FC for the amazing opportunities they have provided me, for which I will be forever grateful.”
“I leave behind a fantastic team and indeed some of my closest friends, all of whom have had such a positive influence on my life. I’m very excited for what the future holds, watch this space”
Even during the winter season, where there is heavy rain and snow, Watson ensured that Arsenal’s pitch was always in a playable condition and always worked with professionalism.