Ian Ayre who has spent 10 years at Anfield, was due to depart at the end of the season. Having been initially as Liverpool’s commercial director whilst Tom Hicks and George Gillett owned the club, he then, under the ownership of FSG, had promotions to managing director and chief executive.
Liverpool’s next chief executive will have less involvement than Ayre did with the football operation since Michael Edwards was recently appointed as Sporting Director. This role could potentially benefit Liverpool as Klopp is familiar with working with a Sporting Director. Despite this decision to effectively split Ayre’s current role there will not be a divide between the business and football sides of the club.
Ayre is set to become sporting director at TSV 1860 Munich, however will take a break from football before starting with the Bundesliga 2 club.
Liverpool are close to announcing a new chief executive who will start work in the pre-season and have made several changes to their executive management team. As well as Edwards, who took over in November as sporting director with responsibility for negotiating transfers.
He said: “When I came here in 2007 I set myself three objectives. One was turning the business around, another was to find some kind of solution to the stadium and thirdly was to see the club back at the top end of football. In my mind, I’ve achieved those things.”
“The business is in a fantastic shape in all elements. The main stand is in place and then the football – the arrival of Jürgen [Klopp], the solidifying of the squad. You can’t sit here and wait for the squad to be perfect because you’d be here forever wouldn’t you? I felt I’d done the hardest parts and the biggest parts that I can do here. I felt it was less challenging by then and time to give somebody else an opportunity.”