Liverpool sporting director Michael Edwards will leave Anfield at the end of the season when his contract expires. Edward’s assistant, Julian Ward has already been appointed as his successor.
Club owners, Fenway Sports Group, unsuccessfully tried to re-sign Edwards to an extension. However, the 42-year-old has decided to leave the club he helped resurrect.
In 2016, Edwards was promoted to the sporting director role after initially joining the club as head of performance analysis. Edwards is expected to begin a new challenge once the season ends and could pop up at another Premier League club.
According to The Athletic, Edwards played a key role in Ward’s appointment as sporting director. Ward joined the Anfielders from Manchester City as a European scouting manager for Spain and Portugal in 2012. He later moved into the role of loan pathways and football partnerships manager in 2015.
Either Edwards’ last piece of business or Ward’s first is expected to be the re-signing of Mohamed Salah to a new contract. Salah’s contract ends in 2023. In addition, Ward will be tasked with helping the club replace Jurgen Klopp, who is expected to leave the club in 2024.