Edwards returns to Liverpool as FSG's chief executive of football
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Edwards returns to Liverpool as FSG's chief executive of football

Mar 12, 2024

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Michael Edwards has rejoined Liverpool as chief executive of football to lead the club’s transition once Jurgen Klopp steps down as manager at the end of the season.

Edwards spent over a decade at Anfield as performance director and sporting director before leaving in 2022.

The 44-year-old had also been linked with Manchester United and Chelsea, but Liverpool owners Fenway Sports Group moved to ensure he returned to Anfield.

Edwards will take over from FSG president Mike Gordon as the day-to-day decision maker on football matters.

“I am very grateful to Mike, John (Henry), Tom (Werner) and the ownership group for offering me the opportunity to take on this new leadership role within FSG,” Edwards said.

“I was humbled by the desire and persistence they showed in wanting to work with me again. This is definitely not something that I take for granted given their track record across sport and business.”

Edwards will leave his current role with sports management business Ludonautics on June 1.

Top of Edwards’ to-do list at Anfield will be appointing a new sporting director, who will be responsible for recruiting Klopp’s successor as manager.

Bayer Leverkusen boss Xabi Alonso, a member of Liverpool’s 2005 Champions League-winning team, is the current favourite for the job after leading his club to the top of the Bundesliga this season.

“It was vital for me that, if I did return, it had to be with renewed vigour and energy. In practice, this means having fresh challenges and opportunities,” Edwards said.

“In assuming this role, I fully understand that it comes with great expectations, and I therefore intend to identify, hire, and subsequently empower leaders who meet and embody the club’s values and ambitions.

“Having served the club previously I need no reminder of how much emotional investment is made by supporters in the city itself, as well as across the UK and the world. I am looking forward to getting started.”

Gordon hailed his return, saying: “Michael is one of the most formidable executive talents in world football and John Henry, Tom Werner and I are absolutely thrilled to have secured his services for our business.”

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