Liverpool’s backroom team was thrown into disarray this week after it was announced that Julian Ward would be leaving the role of Sporting Director after just a few months in the job.
Ward’s departure has led to one question, where do Liverpool go next?
Well, The Guardian report that the Reds could scrap the Sporting Director role entirely, but, in our view, there’s one solution that Liverpool should be looking into.
Indeed, while they say ‘never go back’ in football, Liverpool would be wise to go and ask Michael Edwards to return at the end of the season.
Edwards, of course, left Liverpool at the end of last term, and he was keen to take a break from football at that point.
Neil Jones shared Edwards’ plans when speaking to RedMen TV last month.
“I think that ‘hiatus’ is the word. I understand what the appeal is, he’s the transfer guru who transformed Liverpool, but that underestimates how Liverpool work, it wasn’t just Edwards picking out players,” Jones said.
“I think he was always planning to take a fair break from football. He told me that himself after the Champions League final. I said to him like ‘good luck with whatever comes next.’ And he said ‘Well, what comes next is a holiday, a long holiday.’ So the question is how big is the itch?”
This could potentially be the best of both worlds for Edwards.
He gets his year-long hiatus, and then he gets to return to his comfort zone, working at a club he knows alongside a manager he trusts.
Yes, there’s the element of returning to an old name being seen as a step backwards, but that hasn’t stopped FSG before at Liverpool.
Indeed, one of the first decisions the American owners made on Merseyside was to appoint Kenny Dalglish as the manager almost 20 years after he left the Anfield dugout.
Returning to Edwards would be breaking football’s golden rule of ‘never go back’, but after bringing Dalglish back over a decade ago, FSG need to go out and bring Edwards back to the role where he thrived for so long.