Neil Critchley has left Liverpool for Blackpool. The (now former) Reds U23s coach has taken the job of first team manager just up the coast from Anfield. Despite losing him to the league one side, Neil Critchley can still be vital to Liverpool in the long term.
Critch had gained the immense respect of Kopites the world over during his time at the club.
He recently managed a youthful side to victory over Shrewsbury Town in the FA Cup fourth round, earning plaudits from Liverpool fans and pundits alike.
His departure has been deemed a ‘massive blow’ by some Kopites. He was well liked by the fans and around the club, he is also just one of a handful of coaches in the world to hold the highest qualification UEFA offers.
The coach takes over Blackpool with the Tangerines languishing in mid table in League One.
The seasiders aren’t in danger of being relegated but are unlikely to threaten the playoff places, he’ll be looking to mount a serious challenge next season.
Despite taking the job up the coach, Neil Critchley can still help Liverpool in the long term.
Having a manager in League One familiar with the talents at the Liverpool academy makes it easier for the club to send youngsters out on loan.
Critch will be able to identify which players from The Reds’ youth setup can work at his new club, he can take them on and give them vital first team experience.
We can rest assured that he wouldn’t break any promises on agreed playing time and he would be able to get the best out of any youngsters we send him.
In the long term this can help us bring through even more young players from the academy. We wish Critch the best of luck, fingers crossed he’ll stay in touch with the academy.