Terry Burton to leave Arsenal for West Brom this summer

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Arsenal will lose Terry Burton this summer, with the club's head of youth coaching set to re-join former employers West Brom.

This is according to The Daily Star, who report that the 61-year-old - who previously worked for the Baggies during the 2011/12 season - will return to The Hawthorns on June 1 to take up the role of director of football administration.

"I really enjoyed my previous spell at Albion and I'm delighted to be coming back. It's a terrific football club and this is a new, exciting chapter in my career," Burton said after the move was confirmed on Tuesday.

A former Arsenal youth player himself, Burton's playing career was spent in non-league football.

He moved into coaching with the Gunners over 30 years ago and also enjoyed a notable spell as manager of Wimbledon between 2000-02.

Butron moves back to West Brom at a time of great uncertainty for the Midlands club, with manager Pepe Mel having departed the club last week after spending just four months in charge.

Having initially parted company with the popular figure of Steve Clarke in mid-December, West Brom spent much of a difficult 2013/14 campaign battling against relegation.

They managed to escape eventually, but only by a three-point margin ahead of Norwich City.

Arsenal, meanwhile, will presumably be hoping that Burton is one of the only figures to leave the club this summer, particularly with doubts continuing to surround French stalwart Bacary Sagna's future at the Emirates Stadium.

Out of contract at the end of the season, Arsene Wenger today admitted that he cannot influence the full-back's decision over an extension.

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