Julian Ward’s resignation had a lot to do with changes at Liverpool, according to reports. FSG made some recent decisions.
This comes from the Liverpool Echo. They claim that changes at Liverpool played a ‘huge part’ in Julian Ward resigning from his role as sporting director.
Those changes have come as a direct result of FSG seeking investment in the club. Mike Gordon, who has been the man overseeing Liverpool for the last decade-plus, has taken a backseat as he deals with investment details.
That’s meant Billy Hogan, he club’s CEO, has a much deeper role at the club. The Echo say that change is a significant one regarding Ward’s resignation.
The club have gone to ‘great lengths’ in an attempt to change Ward’s mind, too. However, the changes in how things are run has done enough damage that he wants out after just six months as sporting director.
Ward took on the role from Michael Edwards, who announced his own departure a year ago. He had worked under Edwards as assistant sporting director for a year before effectively taking on the role from January. The incumbent played a key role in landing Luis Díaz, for instance, and then officially took over in the summer.
That then saw Ward help finalise Mohamed Salah’s new contract, among other major deals this summer. Selling Sadio Mané was one in which he received a compliment from Bayern Munich.
Julian Ward’s resignation
It’s not great for FSG that their changes have played a role. Especially after reports that they hadn’t kept executive-level employees in the loop regarding their investment plans. In fact, the news wasn’t even supposed to get out.
We’ve got to imagine that Ward is one of those. Especially with his shock resignation coming within two weeks of FSG’s plans being outed. With Ian Graham, the head of research, also heading for the exit door, Liverpool are in a very uncomfortable place.