PREMIER League giants Arsenal say they are "concerned" that former Hereford United consultant Mark Ellis might be misrepresenting his association with them.

Ellis, according to his own Crystal Sports Management website, has coached the likes of Jack Wilshere, Henri Lansbury, Sanchez Watt and Craig Eastman during his time at Arsenal.

But Arsenal say Ellis has not had any role with them since he was a part-time coach at the academy in 2002.

Ellis is currently in Uganda with Pemba Sports Africa and recently helped to launch a coaching clinic at the Rainbow International School, which follows the guidelines of the National Curriculum for England.

In a video for NTV Uganda, Rainbow International School’s Malcolm Wood paid tribute to Ellis at the launch event.

He said: “The children will be inspired by having such high-quality coaching.

"These children will all benefit greatly from this and we hope what you are starting here can spread throughout Uganda as good practice across the schools.”

Ellis posed for photographs, gave press and television interviews and coached the children.

Last month, Ellis also put Zambia Super Division Nakambala Leopards through their paces and their own boss Patrick Phiri said it had been a “privilege to have a coach from one of the best leagues in the world.”

Ellis, who also boasted about working for Real Madrid, Barcelona, Ajax and Juventus, has previously been accompanied on coaching trips to Africa by former Newcastle and England star Rob Lee and ex-Premier League referee Jeff Winter.

He is currently in Uganda trying to establish a network of football coaching clinics across the country.

He was also part of an event with the Little Hands Go Green project last year, which involves children in Uganda tackling climate change

But Little Hands Go Green chief executive officer Joseph Masembe said Ellis had no involvement with any of their conferences.

"We were contacted by his African point person here Jack Pemba of Pemba Sports Africa who said he would bring some high profile sports persons to grace our international children's climate change conference," said Masembe.

"These were Rob Lee and Mark Ellis, as well as their agent.

"They would plant trees with us and also do some soccer clinics while they are here.

"And that's what they did when they came.

"That is all. Nothing more nothing less.

"We did not pay them, neither did they contact us directly."

Ellis pitched up at Hereford United in the summer of 2014 alongside Tommy Agombar and claimed credit for promotions achieved by AFC Bournemouth, Sheffield Wednesday and QPR.

He added that "he knew all the best players" and was "laying the foundations for success" at the Edgar Street club.

But Sheffield Wednesday and QPR both confirmed that he was only a scout, with Wednesday adding that he only had an "expenses only deal" at the club.

Ellis has already been issued with a "cease and desist letter" by Arsenal and he has been informed that the club will take further legal action if his alleged behaviour does not stop.

Ellis, a former West Ham Academy coach, has gained publicity in parts of Africa for his overseas coaching missions in recent years amid widespread reports of his coaching success at Arsenal.

In a video interview with Ndani Sports during a coaching trip to Nigeria in 2012, Ellis said: “Teams like Manchester City haven’t got young players so they have got to go out and spend massive money while clubs like an Arsenal, where I work, develop young players and it works like a business.

"They develop a young Fabregas and sell him for £26 million.”

An Arsenal spokesman confirmed Ellis was not an Arsenal scout, an agent for any Arsenal players, involved with Arsenal Soccer Schools in any way or had had a significant role in the development of Arsenal first team players.

“We were concerned with a number of media reports that misrepresent Mark Ellis’ association with the club," reads a club statement.

"We have contacted Mr Ellis in relation to this.”

Mr Ellis has yet to respond to the Hereford Times' request for a comment.