Liverpool Appoint Sporting Director
Published 4 November 2016
Liverpool set to appoint Michael Edwards as sporting director as Ian Ayre prepares to step down
- Michael Edwards to be elevated from role as Head of Technical Operations
- Edwards joined Liverpool in 2011 on recommendation of Damien Comolli
- He will be responsible for negotiating the financial side of transfers
- Chief Executive Ian Ayre is leaving his role at the end of the season
Liverpool are set to make a significant appointment to their technical set up by elevating Michael Edwards to the role of sporting director.
Edwards’ influence around the club is huge and he will be given the task of running Melwood, Liverpool’s training base on a daily basis.
Most importantly, Edwards – who joined Liverpool in November 2011 from Tottenham on the recommendation of Damien Comolli – will be responsible for negotiating the financial side of transfers.
Jurgen Klopp is believed to have strongly recommend that FSG appoint a Sporting Director
Liverpool Chief Executive Ian Ayre (right) is leaving his role at the end of the season. Accepting award from Julia Clarke Pro-Vice Chancellor at Manchester Met University who run the Masters degree in Sporting Directorship
That duty had belonged to Ian Ayre, the club’s chief executive, but he is leaving his role at the end of the season to join Munich 1860 and now Edwards will step into the position.
Fenway Sports Group, Liverpool’s owners, hold Edwards in high esteem, as does manager Jurgen Klopp and the pair have formed a strong relationship since the German arrived at Anfield.
Klopp is believed to have strongly recommend that FSG appoint a sporting director, given he had worked under them at Mainz and Borussia Dortmund.
Edwards is currently the head of technical operations.
He is a member of the transfer committee, which includes also includes chief scout Barry Hunter and Dave Fallows, the head of recruitment.
Edwards joined Liverpool on the recommendation of Damien Comolli in November 2011
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