Liverpool have lost U23s boss Neil Critchley, the coach has been appointed manager of Blackpool. Liverpool fans have been expressing their regret on Twitter but have offered their sincere congratulations.
The reserves boss, affectionately known as ‘Critch’, earned the immense respect of Kopites during his time on Merseyside.
Most recently he was indelibly written into Anfield folklore when he managed a youth side as they took The Reds into the fifth round of the FA Cup with a win over Shrewsbury Town.
Critch is one of just a handful of coaches in the world with an UEFA Elite coaching badge. His prowess hasn’t gone unnoticed and as such he’s been appointed as the new Blackpool manager.
Following the announcement, Liverpool fans have been gutted about losing Neil Critchley but they are equally as made up for the man.
James Pearce confessed that he will be sorely missed around the club, the journo is confident that Critch will do wonderful things just up the coast.
Neil Critchley will be sorely missed at #LFC. Has done a brilliant job as under-23s boss. Being offered the head coach’s role at Blackpool just too good an opportunity to turn down. No doubt he’ll be a success there.
— James Pearce (@JamesPearceLFC) March 2, 2020
One Kopite was incredibly grateful for the work the boss did at Liverpool, admitting you can’t blame him for wanting to take a more prominent role.
Gutted to see Neil Critchley leave the U23s but you can’t blame him for wanting to test himself at senior level.
He’s steering Liverpool’s kids through some tricky patches while rarely being able to call upon his key players and that needs to be applauded.
Best of luck Critch.
— James ✍🏼 (@jamesmchale2607) March 2, 2020
Liverpool fans were quick to offer their best wishes to Critchley.
Neil Critchley has left LFC to take up the role of head coach at Blackpool.
Beat of luck on this new venture, Neil!
— Matt (@FalseFMatt) March 2, 2020
This Blackpool fan seems to be over the moon with the appointment given the new gaffer’s credentials.
Paul Ince’s qualification for the job was that he was Tom’s dad and came to games anyway. That’s junior football.
Neil Critchley’s qualification is the highest in the game. That’s elite level football.
— SixStarsUK (@SixStarsUK) March 2, 2020
The overwhelming sentiment is that whilst he will be a massive loss for the club, we must appreciate what he did for us and wish him the best with his new venture.
Neil Critchley’s departure is a massive blow to our U23s and our entire academy structure.
Nonetheless, I wish Critch all the best at Blackpool, a really nice man who deserves an opportunity as a first team manager!
Thanks for everything Neil 🙌
— Jack Gill (@jacklfcgill) March 2, 2020
A big loss as he’s clearly a talented and well-liked member of the coaching staff and did very well against Shrewsbury.
But too good an opportunity for him to turn down. Best of luck Neil.
— Laurie (@LFCLaurie) March 2, 2020