Michael Edwards returns to Liverpool as "CEO of Football"

Michael Edwards has agreed on terms with Liverpool owners, Fenway Sports Group, FSG, to take over as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Football, at Liverpool Football Club come the end of the season, according to The Guardian.

This role is more senior than the one he occupied before he left in 2022. From 2016 to 2022, Edwards was the Sporting Director, which means he was directly involved in all transfers into and out of the club during that period. He oversaw some truly influential transfers in his time.

Since he left, Liverpool has made two appointments to the Sporting Director role, Julian Ward and Joel Schmadtke. FSG has been trying to lure Edwards back to Liverpool, but he had rejected them, but he is now back at the club.

His role as CEO of Football now means he would be tasked with appointing the next Sporting Director, which according to the Guardian, is likely to be AFC Bournemouth’s Sporting Director, Richard Hughes. Edwards will also be involved in Liverpool’s plan to add a feeder club to its portfolio.

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

“As such, one of the biggest factors in my decision is the commitment to acquire and oversee an additional club, growing this area of their organization. I believe that to remain competitive, investment and expansion of the current football portfolio is necessary,” Edwards said.

With Jurgen Klopp leaving at the end of the season, Edwards will play a key role in selecting the next Liverpool manager, in addition to selecting the next Sporting Director.

Bayer Leverkusen’s Xabi Alonso is the front runner.

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