Liverpool sporting director Michael Edwards confirmed that he will be leaving his role as sporting director of the club at the end of the season. Edwards joined Liverpool in 2011 and has played an important role in recruitment for the club. He will be replaced by deputy sporting director Julian Ward before the start of the new season. Fenway Sports Group made a number of unsuccessful attempts to persuade Edwards to extend his contract. He revealed that he is not planning a move to Newcastle despite the recent takeover.
“Ten years – that’s a pretty long time in anyone’s working life.” Liverpool sporting director Michael Edwards said. “In football terms, it is an era in itself, particularly at a club like Liverpool where the expectations and standards are never anything other than as high as the supporters deserve. To be part of this club during this period has been a privilege due to the people I have been fortunate enough to work with and the success we have enjoyed. But all good things must come to an end and, in my case, I recently completed my final summer window as Liverpool sporting director.”
“Even writing those words seems a bit surreal, but at the end of this season I will pack up my laptop and leave my office at the AXA Training Centre for the last time.” he added: “I had always planned to cap my time at the club to a maximum of 10 years. I’ve loved working here, but I am a big believer in change. I think it’s good for the individual and, in a work setting, good for the employer too.”
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