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Michael Edwards set to rejoin Liverpool after agreement with FSG

It has been reported that Michael Edwards will once again oversee Liverpool’s restructuring, and Richard Hughes will take on the role of sporting director.

Edwards was named CEO of Football by Fenway Sports Group (FSG), the organisation that owns Liverpool. Edwards was previously the sports director of Liverpool.

He will assume Mike Gordon’s duties and name a sporting director for Liverpool; it is believed that Hughes has accepted the position.

It will be Hughes’ job to find and bring in Jurgen Klopp’s replacement.

Since leaving Liverpool in 2022, Edwards is said to have rejected multiple offers, including ones from Manchester United and Chelsea.

However, according to FSG president Gordon, Edwards has been convinced to rejoin the Anfield team “in a role with greater seniority than he held previously and with a wider remit”.

“It was clear when we initially reached out to him that a broader scope would be a key motivating factor for any potential return to the industry,” he added. “In this regard – and many others – his ambitions matched ours.”

After turning down a request from Liverpool’s owners to manage Anfield’s transition to a post-Jurgen Klopp administration, Edwards was able to rejoin after meeting with FSG in person last weekend in Boston.

The role that was contemplated had a broader scope than what was originally specified, and it carried more responsibility than other positions that Edwards had declined since leaving the Merseyside club in 2022, including becoming Chelsea’s CEO of Football.

Not in a role that would have appealed to him in Manchester United’s pre-INEOS hierarchy, but he had also been mentioned internally there.

Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain inquired about Edwards’ interest in taking over as sporting director, but it was obvious that he would not be acting in that role going forward.

Gordon and FSG owner John W. Henry were well aware of this and had suggested a more inclusive stance. They were able to provide a stronger presentation in the US that included more than just Liverpool after being rejected at first.

Edwards will make sure Klopp’s replacement has a strong foundation for long-term success.

Hughes, who notified Bournemouth of his intention to resign as technical director last year and whose departure was officially announced on Wednesday, is expected to report to him.

Getting a replacement for Klopp is the pair’s first priority.

Xabi Alonso is still the top contender; Bayern Munich is interested in him. Other possibilities have also been examined, such as Sporting manager Ruben Amorim.

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