Former Liverpool analyst Mark Leyland is set to be poached from Newcastle United in order to take up a new role at City Football Group and Manchester City.
That’s according to the Daily Mail, who claim that the 37-year-old is poised to leave Eddie Howe’s side just 14 months after he departed Anfield.
Leyland is a first-team coaching analyst at the Magpies, who was courted from the Reds just over a year ago as the north-east outfit looked to build a squad for the future.
However, after having a ‘big impact’ and playing a ‘huge part’ in the recent success at St James’ Park, he is now due to leave the club at the end of the season.
Manchester City officials have recruited him for a new international position working across all of the clubs who are part of the City Football Group.
Former Liverpool man set to join Man City
Having had stints at Everton and Burnley, Leyland joined Liverpool in 2013.
He went on to become a key member of Michael Edwards’ data and analysis team, which was deemed largely responsible for the Reds’ success under Jurgen Klopp.
When Newcastle approached him last year, the Merseyside outfit were sure not to stand in his way.
“Mark was here longer than me,” Klopp said.
“He was an incredibly important member of our staff, with his post-match analysis and the analysis he did with the players. He is a top guy.”
Now just 14 months after leaving Liverpool, Leyland is taking another step up in his career.
Everyone at Anfield will be wishing him well, given he spent seven-and-a-half years with the Reds.