Liverpool transfer chief makes decision on Newcastle position

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Liverpool Sporting Director Michael Edwards.

Michael Edwards will leave Liverpool at the end of the season (Picture: Liverpool FC)

Departing Liverpool Sporting Director Michael Edwards has made a decision as to whether he will join Newcastle United in a similar role.

Edwards announced on Wednesday that he will leave Liverpool at the end of the season after spending 10 years at the club after arriving from Tottenham in 2010.

The news comes as a blow to Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp, who worked closely alongside Edwards to help transform the club through clever transfer business. 

Liverpool’s owners Fenway Sports Group had registered their interest in talking to Edwards about extending his contract at Anfield, but the 42-year-old felt that now was the right time for a change. 

Edwards will be replaced by Julian Ward, who was appointed as assistant sporting director back in December and has already been working closely with the outgoing man.

German giants RB Leipzig had previously registered an interest in Edwards, but the former Tottenham director does not have another job lined up, nor will he be moving to Newcastle United, who’s new owners are on the hunt for a new executive.

Liverpool Sporting Director Michael Edwards, Jurgen Klopp and FSG President Mike Gordon.

Edwards (L) works closely with manager Jurgen Klopp (Picture: Liverpool FC)

In an open letter to Liverpool fans, Edwards wrote: ‘Ten years, that’s a pretty long time in anyone’s working life. In football terms, it is an era in itself, particularly at a club like Liverpool where the expectations and standards are never anything other than as high as the supporters deserve.’

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‘To be part of this club during this period has been a privilege due to the people I have been fortunate enough to work with and the success we have enjoyed.

‘But all good things must come to an end and, in my case, I recently completed my final summer window as Liverpool sporting director. Even writing those words seems a bit surreal, but at the end of this season I will pack up my laptop and leave my office at the AXA Training Centre for the last time. 

‘I had always planned to cap my time at the club to a maximum of 10 years. I’ve loved working here, but I am a big believer in change. 

‘I think it’s good for the individual and, in a work setting, good for the employer, too. Over my time here we have changed so many things [hopefully for the better] but someone new brings a different perspective, new ideas and can hopefully build on [or change] the things that have been put in place beforehand. 

‘That’s how I believe businesses/football clubs stay ahead; you need to evolve and at the heart of this kind of process is always people. That evolution has always been central to Liverpool’s history and I hope that this is one thing that doesn’t change.’


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