Data chief Graham is also leaving

    According to a media report, Liverpool FC has to look for a new sports director after just one year. Julian Ward, who took over the post last summer, will retire at the end of the season. That reports “The Athletic“. Accordingly, the 41-year-old Ward wants to take a break from football. He will continue as sporting director until next May while Liverpool look for a successor.

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    Ward joined the Reds in 2012 as a scout from Premier League rivals Manchester City, where he was responsible for scouting in Spain and Portugal. After several career moves within the club, he was promoted to assistant sporting director Michael Edwards in 2020, a position he took over when Edwards left Liverpool of his own volition.

    In addition, Liverpool also have to accept a change in the data analysis at the end of the season. dr Ian Graham, Director of Research, handed in his resignation in June and will stay until next May, he said.The Athletic“. Like Ward, Graham has been with the club since 2012 and worked under former sporting director Edwards in data scouting.

    Julian Ward is (surprisingly) stepping down as athletic director at the end of the season.
    This inevitably raises the question of what motivates him to do so after only six months in office. The club is facing a really difficult upheaval and one of the key figures is leaving the club at short notice. That’s where you start to worry.
    There are many conceivable scenarios, but in my opinion a realistic one would be that FSG do not want to spend any money in their possibly last days as owners and the …

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