Liverpool sporting director Julian Ward will leave the club at the end of the season after just one year in charge.
Ward took over from predecessor Michael Edwards, widely credited with much of the Reds’ recent success in the transfer market, in the summer but chose to leave because it was understood he wanted a break. resting after more than a decade at the club.
His decision was unexpected and is understood to have received disappointment within the club.
However, they are confident that the continuity of seeing him succeed Edwards will once again give them a certain degree of stability, underpinned by longtime senior staff including Dave Fallows (head). recruitment) and Barry Hunter (chief scout) who continue to play central roles.
The club has already begun the process of determining which model will work best for the future and the PA news agency understands that manager Jurgen Klopp, who has just extended his contract until 2026, will play a key role in the future. this process together with CEO Billy Hogan.
Ward’s departure follows recent news that Liverpool owners FSG is said to be considering selling the clubalthough they want to attract new investors by selling minority stakes.
According to FSG partner Sam Kennedy, Fenway Sports Group (FSG) has received “a lot of interest” in the Liverpool investment.
They asked Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley to gauge buyer interest, and now Kennedy, CEO of the FSG-owned Boston Red Sox, has announced there are plenty of suitors for the investment.
He said Boston Globe last week: “There has been a great deal of interest from many potential partners considering investing in the club.
“It is still early to explore the possibility of investing in Liverpool.”
Why are both Liverpool and Man United on the market?
Sky Sports News Senior Correspondent, Melissa Reddy:
“This largely stems from the £4.25 billion acquisition of Chelsea. Sky Sports News have been informed that the Glazers and Fenway Sports Group have been told for months that these are “peak times” for valuing top clubs, due to the fact that the west London side have hit a snare Such an incredible number despite being forced to sell due to sanctions on Roman Abramovich.
“It took £2.5 billion to buy the tycoon’s shares and a commitment to tie up £1.75 billion of future investments in the club’s stadium, academy and women’s team, to achieve this goal. 4.25 billion pounds.
“A source in the US, who has worked with the Glazers and FSG on financial matters, said the sale of Chelsea has ‘changed the mind’ for both owners. They have been very lenient. compulsively considering a purchase before” realizing a clearly defined scope of legitimate interest. there.”