Steve Rowley, former Arsenal chief scout has passed away. Steve died at the age of 63 years after a brief illness. The 63-year-old first started working with the club during the 1980s. And he spent time working under both Arsene Wenger and George Graham before retiring in 2017.
Arsenal have released a statement on their official website revealing Rowley had passed away.
“Everyone at the Club is deeply saddened to announce the passing of our former Chief Scout Steve Rowley after a short illness,” it read.
“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, Arsene Wenger appointed Steve as our Chief Scout, a position he held until 2017.
Steve has been associated with the club for more than 35 years. A tweet reads, “Very sad news that former Arsenal chief scout Steve Rowley, who worked for the club for more than 35 years, has passed away. Francis Cagigao: “My friend. A true Football man. A true Arsenal man. Devastating news for all of us who knew him and loved the man. RIP Chief.”