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Report: Liverpool have no succession plan in place for sporting director Julian Ward



No succession plan in place to replace departing Liverpool sporting director Julian Ward

According to Football Insider (h/t Liverpool Echo), there are no succession plans currently for who is going to succeed Liverpool sporting director, Julian Ward, after he announced his decision to leave the club at the end of the season.

It is claimed that Ward’s decision left many people in Liverpool shocked and surprised over the nature and the timing of the announcement.

Ward was supposed to take Liverpool to the next level after his predecessor Micheal Edwards had done a magnificent job, along with Jurgen Klopp, to bring some top-quality players into the squad.

Sporting Director Michael Edwards has been replaced by Julian Ward at Liverpool.
Sporting Director Michael Edwards has been replaced by Julian Ward at Liverpool.

With Edwards choosing to level Liverpool due to personal reasons, Ward was selected as the rightful heir to the throne but failed to convince many with his first summer transfer window in charge.

However, no one expected him to leave the job after a disappointing start to the season and until now, the real reason behind his departure is yet to be figured out. It has arisen a sense of insecurity among fans considering the role Ward and Michael Edwards have played in our transfer business under Klopp.

Links have since surfaced with former Borussia Dortmund and Arsenal recruitment chief Sven Mislintat however as such no talks have taken place and one cannot argue for now that the two mentioned names will take the Anfield hot seat.

This leads us to a situation where we could potentially approach the all-important summer transfer window without a sporting director and it could hamper the way in which we go about with the set primary targets.

Julian Ward.
Julian Ward with Jurgen Klopp (C).

Adding to that is the confusion regarding the sale or change of ownership which is also taking the rounds and if issues mentioned above are not resolved sooner, we all are in for a ride where one cannot point towards a particular direction that the club is following.

Hence, a situation like this cannot occur and with half of the season to go, the Liverpool board have to step up and look for Ward’s replacement before the end of the season so that we approach the summer transfer window in the most optimistic manner.

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After losing out on the title race in the initial stages of this season, we cannot afford to have a similar start next season and it is imperative that all the factors which led to the dismal start are taken care of before the new season gets underway.