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Breaking News: Liverpool and FSG restructure in full as four new roles explained amid Arne Slot change

Arne Slot has taken over as manager of Liverpool and FSG, while Michael Edwards and Julian Ward are rejoining the club’s owners.

Liverpool and FSG restructure in full as four new roles explained amid Arne Slot change

Liverpool chairman Tom Werner and the club’s owner John Henry (Image: Getty Images)

Liverpool is going through its greatest transition in recent memory this summer.

Naturally, Arne Slot has taken over for the influential German manager Jurgen Klopp following his successful tenure at Feyenoord. With Klopp’s backroom team trailing him out the door, Slot will arrive at Anfield with a new squad, changing the bench’s appearance significantly.

Liverpool is going through its greatest transition in recent memory this summer.

Naturally, Arne Slot has taken over for the influential German manager Jurgen Klopp following his successful tenure at Feyenoord. With Klopp’s backroom team trailing him out the door, Slot will arrive at Anfield with a new squad, changing the bench’s appearance significantly.

However, there are a lot more changes happening this summer than just that. Slot’s arrival signals a change in strategy for both Liverpool and the club’s owners, FSG, who have already made a number of important appointments. Here’s a peek at the updated organizational charts for FSG and Liverpool, which include several new positions.

FSG
Not much has changed with regard to the three individuals who hold the most importance for Liverpool’s owners. Mike Gordon is still the FSG president, Tom Werner is still the club’s chairman, and John W. Henry is still the owner.

However, Gordon’s position at Anfield has evolved. Of the three, he was the most involved with the team, keeping in regular contact with Jurgen Klopp about the goings-on at Liverpool.

Gordon, however, will back off now that Michael Edwards is back at FSG as its football CEO. Since Klopp’s departure, Edwards has been in charge of the club’s restructuring, appointing several significant players thus far, and managing FSG’s new plans for a multi-club structure akin to Manchester City’s.

Julian Ward, a fellow former sporting director who is currently the technical director for Liverpool’s owners, has rejoined him at FSG. In his new position, he will be in charge of player development for the new portfolio of clubs, and it appears that his ties to Portugal will be crucial.

In relation to Portugal, Pedro Marques, the director of football development at FSG, leaves Benfica. In the past, he oversaw the Lisbon club’s coaching hiring and development program, assisting in the player’s development so that it could sell players like Joao Felix and Darwin Nunez for a huge profit.

Hans Leitert was appointed as the new head of goalkeeping at FSG this summer, one of the other new positions created. After serving as a scouting consultant for Liverpool for the previous six years, the 51-year-old will now be in charge of developing goalkeeper coaches and creating dedicated goalkeeper pathways, which will include a dedicated training regimen.

Liverpool Football Club
Arne Slot will take over as manager of Anfield from Jurgen Klopp, which is undoubtedly the biggest change this summer. In contrast to the German, Slot has been named head coach, and he won’t be shouldering as many duties as his predecessor did as the former Feyenoord manager.

Sipke Hulshoff is anticipated to work alongside the 45-year-old as his assistant, and Ruben Peeters will take over as the organization’s new head of performance. Slot will primarily handle on-field issues, though he will continue to have an impact on off-field issues, particularly hiring. Having said that,

Richard Hughes replaces Jorg Schmadtke, who left the team after the January transfer window, as the club’s new sporting director, continuing in the footsteps of Edwards and Ward. Hughes oversaw the talks that brought Slot to Anfield, and the Reds will be looking to leverage his knowledge of Spanish and Italian football to create new transfer opportunities.

A year after leaving Liverpool, David Woodfine returns as head of loan pathways to work as Hughes’ assistant. Along with other jobs, his role will probably involve arranging loan agreements for academy players.

Chief scout Barry Hunter has been with the team since 2012, when former manager Brendan Rodgers hired him. He will compile player reports and implement the advice given by local scouts.

Having joined the team in 2012, Dave Fallows, head of scouting and recruitment, is in charge of organizing the scouts and collaborates closely with Hunter to compile player data.

Mark Burchill, who was the head scout for Bournemouth, moves to Anfield with Hughes. He will collaborate with Hunter and Fallows in the recruitment department at Liverpool.

Lastly, Will Spearman continues to serve as the club’s director of research, having succeeded Ian Graham in the previous summer. The American is in charge of a small group whose main task is to determine which transfers should be targeted.

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