Liverpool have announced they will have a major leadership restructure.
Chief executive, Ian Ayre, will step down from the job at the end of February, after spending ten years with the club. When he leaves he will take up a role as sporting director of German second division team TSV 1860 Munich.
Ayre announced that he would leave the club in March 2016 but he was expected to stay on until the end of 2016/17 season. Liverpool are yet to announce his replacement but they are expected to begin work before the start of the 2017/2018 season, the replacement won't inherit any player recruitment responsibilities. The focus of that will fall on Michael Edwards, Liverpool’s first ever sporting director. Following Ayre’s departure, Liverpool have promoted Billy Hogan, and will add the title of managing director to his existing role as chief commercial officer. As part of the role he will oversee the marketing, commercial and digital media departments.
The restructure signals a clear divide between Liverpool’s day-to-day football operations, at Melwood Training Centre, and the business side of the club.
‘We are quite confident that LFC will have the right structure and the best people operating within that structure to fill the lofty ambitions of LFC and its supporters,’ read a statement released by Liverpool’s owner Fenway Sport Group.