Julian Ward, Liverpool’s sporting director, has informed the club he will step down from his position at the end of the season.
It is a sudden and unexpected development, as the 41-year-old only took over from Michael Edwards at the end of the last campaign. It is understood the decision has been made for personal reasons and the club have reluctantly accepted his period of notice.
Liverpool maintain that is not a development that will impact on the plans they have for the next two transfer windows.
Julian Ward has told Liverpool he will step down from his position at the end of the season
The Reds sporting director only took over from Michael Edwards (left) at the end of last season
But this news is significant as it comes in the middle of a period of great uncertainty for Liverpool – in the last month, owners Fenway Sports Group have put the club up for sale and Mike Gordon, the president who oversees day-to-day business, is stepping back from his crucial role.
Ward, who has held a number of positions within Liverpool’s technical staff since he joined them in 2011 having previously worked at the Portugal FA, succeeded the influential Michael Edwards, having worked alongside him for the previous 12 months.
It had been a whirlwind start to his time in the role as Ward was instrumental in securing Liverpool’s potentially record-breaking signing of Darwin Nunez from Benfica and completing the contract extension for Mohamed Salah.
There have been a number of other new deals in recent months, too, with Diogo Jota, Joe Gomez and Curtis Jones all committing their futures to the club, while the signing of Fabio Carvalho from Fulham is one Liverpool believe will reap rich dividends.
Ward enjoys a close relationship with Jurgen Klopp – the pair play paddle tennis together – and Liverpool maintain that the manager’s decision to extend his own contract to June 2026 is the element that provides stability going forward.
Ward (right) enjoys a close relationship with Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp (centre)
Ward was instrumental in securing Liverpool’s record-breaking signing of Darwin Nunez
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