Liverpool have confirmed that Michael Edwards will step down as sporting director at the end of the season.
The 42-year-old is celebrating 10 years at Anfield this month but confirmed in an open letter to supporters that this will be his last season with the club. It is clear that Edwards, who previously served as chief scout for both Tottenham and Portsmouth, is eager to explore new opportunities.
“Ten years, that’s quite a long time in one’s working life,” he wrote. “In football terms it’s an era in itself, especially at a club like Liverpool where expectations and standards are never more than as high as the supporters deserve. It has been a privilege to be part of this club during this period, thanks to the people I’ve had the good fortune to work with and the success we’ve had.
“But all good things come to an end and in my case I recently completed my last summer stint as Liverpool sporting director. Even writing those words seems a bit surreal, but at the end of this season I am packing my laptop and I am leaving my office at the AXA training center for the last time, but before I do, I would like to take the opportunity to explain the reasons why I am moving forward, as I firmly believe that in times like deserve this clarity. The last thing I want is unwarranted speculation, especially as I know the Liverpool Football Club I leave behind couldn’t be in better hands.”
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp added: “I wish Michael and his wonderful family all the best for whatever they are going to do. I know he won’t leave right away or in a rush which is cool so we still have some time to If we are as happy and blessed as we have been so far, maybe in the time left we can create more special memories for our club.
“He has been a constant presence throughout my stint at LFC and his contribution to our success is clear for all to see.”
Edwards will be replaced by Julian Ward – who came to Liverpool from Manchester City in 2012 as part of the club’s recruitment and scouting team and recently served as Edwards’ assistant – as sporting director at the end of the season.