In major rejig in the Liverpool leadership structure , the Premier League club’s chief executive Ian Ayre will step down at the end of February, after ten years working at the club, to take up a role as sporting director of German second division team TSV 1860 Munich.
Ayre announced his departure in March 2016, but was expected to stay on until the end of the current season. His replacement, who is yet to be confirmed but is expected to begin work before the beginning of the 2017/2016 season, will not inherit any player recruitment responsibilities, with the focus of that falling on Michael Edwards, the team’s first ever sporting director.
Following Ayre’s departure, Liverpool have also promoted Billy Hogan, adding the title of managing director to his existing role as chief commercial officer. He will oversee the marketing, commercial and digital media departments.
The restructure sets up a clear divide between Liverpool’s day-to-day soccer operations, based at the team’s Melwood Training Centre, and the business side of the club.