Liverpool sporting director Julian Ward will resign from his position at the end of the season.

Liverpool sporting director Julian Ward will step down at the end of the season for personal reasons… just six months after taking over from Michael Edwards.

  • Liverpool sporting director Julian Ward to step down at the end of the season
  • Ward only took over his role earlier this year, but he is leaving for personal reasons.
  • It adds further uncertainty after owners FSG put the club up for sale last month.
  • Ward has been with Liverpool since 2011, holding various positions at the club.

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Julian Ward, Liverpool’s sporting director, has informed the club that he will step down at the end of the season.

It’s a sudden and unexpected development, as the 41-year-old replaced Michael Edwards at the end of last season. It is understood that the decision has been made for personal reasons and the club have reluctantly accepted his notice period.

Liverpool maintain that this is not a development that will affect the plans they have for the next two transfer windows.

Julian Ward has told Liverpool that he will step down at the end of the season.

Julian Ward has told Liverpool that he will step down at the end of the season.

The Reds' sporting director replaced Michael Edwards (left) only at the end of last season

The Reds' sporting director replaced Michael Edwards (left) only at the end of last season

The Reds’ sporting director replaced Michael Edwards (left) only at the end of last season

But this news is significant as it comes amid a period of great uncertainty for Liverpool: in the past month, owners Fenway Sports Group put the club up for sale and Mike Gordon, the chairman who oversees day-to-day business . , is moving away from the crucial role of him.

Ward, who has held various positions in Liverpool’s coaching staff since joining them in 2011 and had previously worked in the Portuguese FA, succeeded the influential Michael Edwards, having worked alongside him for the previous 12 months.

It had been a whirlwind start to his time in the role, as Ward was instrumental in securing Liverpool’s potentially record-breaking signing of Darwin Núñez from Benfica and completing Mohamed Salah’s contract extension.

There have also been a number of other new deals in recent months, with Diogo Jota, Joe Gomez and Curtis Jones pledging their futures with the club, while the signing of Fabio Carvalho from Fulham is one that Liverpool believe will reap big dividends.

Ward enjoys a close relationship with Jurgen Klopp -the couple play paddle tennis together- and Liverpool maintains that the manager’s decision to extend his own contract until June 2026 is the element that provides stability for the future.

Ward (right) enjoys a close relationship with Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp (centre)

Ward (right) enjoys a close relationship with Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp (centre)

Ward (right) enjoys a close relationship with Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp (centre)

Ward was instrumental in securing Liverpool's record signing of Darwin Núñez

Ward was instrumental in securing Liverpool's record signing of Darwin Núñez

Ward was instrumental in securing Liverpool’s record signing of Darwin Núñez

The FSG is confident that Billy Hogan, the club’s chief executive, can step up and take over the role that Gordon, a great Klopp ally, has held, but there will be no internal appointment to replace Ward: they will look for an external candidate. .

There is no indication at this stage as to who that will be, but, at a time when Chelsea are also looking for a new sporting director, it is not a time when Liverpool can be too passive in their search.

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