FSG attempted to convince Julian Ward to stay on at Liverpool, after he resigned from his post yesterday.
The Reds sporting director will step down from his position at the end of the season, just a year into the job. And according to The Athletic, the Liverpool owners ‘tried to persuade him to reconsider.’
However, it appears as though Ward wouldn’t be for turning. The 41-year-old will oversee the upcoming January transfer window before departing in the summer.
Worries that Ward is set to take up a position at a different club have also been eased. As per The Athletic, he has ‘assured’ those at Anfield that he’s merely taking a break from the game.
In the meantime, FSG are said to be looking at an external appointment to fill the soon-to-be-vacant role.
Time for a fresh start at Liverpool
This is especially worrying news because it hammers home the point that Liverpool weren’t planning for Ward to leave.
Furthermore, it isn’t as though this was a divorce a while in the making. Liverpool also probably didn’t want Michael Edwards to leave, but after over a decade at the club a parting of ways is more palatable.
Obviously, this isn’t the case with Ward. His walking away under no pressure, so early into the job is quite disconcerting, really.
It rather suggests that something fundamental has gone wrong behind the scenes
To be honest, that has felt like the case all season at Liverpool. Whether the coaching and recruitment staff are at loggerheads, or whether the potential sale of the club is hanging over the team, something feels broken.
Luckily for Liverpool fans, those things can be repairable. Still employing one of the best managers in the game, and still boasting some world-class players, things will surely settle down soon.
Once FSG manage to find an appropriate buyer for the club, everything should feel fresh and new again.
In truth, it’s probably better that a new ownership can start with a completely new hierarchy. Liverpool have been brilliant at promoting from within over recent years, but perhaps it’s time for a fresh set of eyes to look under the hood.