West Ham co-owner reacts to Liverpool CEO deciding to stand down

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Liverpool's Ian Ayre is to stand down in 2017.

Changes are soon to be afoot in the Liverpool boardroom, with chief executive Ian Ayre stating his intention to stand down.

Ayre announced in a statement on the club's official website that he will leave his role as CEO when his contract expires in 2017.

West Ham co-owner David Gold  paid tribute to the Ayre's work at Liverpool, expressing his sorrow at the news.

The Hammers and Liverpool most recently worked together on the Andy Carroll deal, a move which it is still to be shown whether it has worked out well for the east London club, despite their impressive form.

Ayre has been at Liverpool since 2007, and took on his current role as chief executive in 2013.

Reds owner John W Henry told the Liverpool website that he had known about Ayre's intentions for several months.

It remains to be seen how Liverpool will act to replace him, and what input current boss Jurgen Klopp may have in Ayre's successor.

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