Liverpool’s sporting director Michael Edwards has warned Chelsea, Manchester City and Manchester United of Julian Ward’s talents as he was confirmed as his Anfield replacement.
The Merseyside outfit confirmed on Wednesday afternoon that Edwards was set to depart the club at the end of the campaign.
He has been a hugely successful appointment at Anfield having been credited with the signings of Sadio Mane, Mo Salah and Andrew Robertson in recent years, all arrivals that propelled the club to Champions League and Premier League glory.
A statement from Liverpool read: “We have today announced future changes to the structure of our football operations leadership, with the news that Michael Edwards will step down as sporting director at the end of this season.
“The 42-year-old has given notice to the club’s ownership of his wish to pursue a new challenge when his contract ends, allowing for a carefully managed and orderly transition to take place.”
Alongside confirmation of Edwards’ departure, it was also announced that Julian Ward would take the reins, with Reds supporters somewhat hopeful that he could match the success of his predecessor.
One man who is already convinced of his abilities is the outgoing Edwards, who explained why he was the perfect man for the job in an open letter to Liverpool fans.
He wrote: “Julian has been building up the skill set for this role for many years. Last year, he took on the role of assistant sporting director and over the past 12 months he has been introduced to other facets of the role that are vital to its success. I believe he is ideal for the role.”
It goes without saying that Chelsea will hope that Edwards’ evaluation of his colleague is somewhat wide of the mark as they aim to halt Liverpool’s recent success.
The Reds lifted the Premier League title at the conclusion of the 2019/20 season, whilst Chelsea’s last title triumph came some way back in 2016/17 during the tenure of Antonio Conte.
Source by Football London