Liverpool sporting director Julian Ward will step down at the end of the season.
The 41-year-old only took over from Michael Edwards last summer but he has informed the club’s owners that he intends to take a break from football. He will remain in the role until May as Liverpool consider how best to fill the vacancy.
Ward (right in photo) initially joined the club from Manchester City in 2012 as their European scouting manager for Spain and Portugal.
Three years later he was appointed loan pathways and partnerships manager and his responsibilities continued to grow.
In December 2020 he was promoted to the role of assistant sporting director and then got the top job when Edwards decided to walk away at the end of last season.
Liverpool: The remarkable rise of Julian Ward – from scouting manager to sporting director in seven years
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