According to social media, Arsenal are in talks with the club’s former physiotherapist, Gary Lewin, about returning to the Emirates.
Well-respected Arsenal supporter Darren (surname omitted for privacy reasons) posted the following tweet earlier today:
Club have been speaking to Gary Lewin about a possible return to the club with a view of a new unspecified role.
— Darren (@DarrenArsenal1) November 28, 2016
A former player, Lewin was a goalkeeper but never made the grade as a professional, instead taking a path in sports sciences and became the club’s reserve team physiotherapist. When Roy Johnson left the club in 1986, George Graham appointed Lewin who had been working at Guy’s Hospital.
He soon followed the path trodden by one of his predecessors, Fred Street, and started working with England national team on a part-time basis in the mid-90s. When England appointed Fabio Capello in 2008, it was decided by the Football Association that the nation’s footballers needed a full-time medical staff at St George’s Park.
Lewin was appointed to the role with his cousin Colin Lewin replacing him and now the Head of medical services at the club. How Gary Lewin would fit in isn’t immediately clear.
He is, however, an expert on hamstring injuries and Arsenal are dogged by these. Even the club’s injury record is improving – mainly with the perma-injured players leaving – there is still a long way to go in solving the problem.
The club can’t afford to turn down the opportunity to utilise Lewin’s experience in this area.
Highly respected, Lewin was the first to attend to Eduardo after the vile assault from Martin Taylor at St Andrews whilst he has some bridges to build after being credited with saving John Terry’s life in the 2007 Carling Cup final. Anyone who heard Wayne Bridge on I’m A Celebrity Get Me, Out Of Here! Will have nothing but sympathy with the man.
Lewin admitted when he left that it was a wrench to walk out of London Colney. To think he played a key role in the title win at Anfield in 1989, proclaiming Michael Thomas fit to start but also advising George Graham that the player probably wouldn’t finish the match. As Lewin himself said, “That shows what I knew at the time!”
Thank God, George didn’t listen!