Michael Edwards has spent most of the summer ensuring that a handful of Liverpool’s key players put pen to paper on new long-term deals.
But there was one contract on the table that he knew deep down would remain unsigned.
To all the disguised intentions of the Reds owners, The outgoing sporting director – who will leave when his contract expires in the summer – will not back down from his seemingly long-time insistence that after more than 10 years of service, it’s time to look for a new challenge.
If you are worried Liverpool Fans have had some time to adjust to the possibility of Edwards leaving after rumors first swirled in August, and the club themselves have long been preparing for his exit.
Watch Julian Ward’s promotion to his assistant role last December, Give him the opportunity to see job details at nearby places.
That will continue for the next seven months or so as Edwards oversees the power transition, and Liverpool have not considered putting the 42-year-old on gardening leave – a sign of the trust they show in him and the strength of the relationship he has forged. with FSG.
For just about everyone else, though, Edwards is devoted to obscurity, rarely popping his head over the fender, and instead just shunning the spotlight and working in the shadows.
She made the 2000 word open letter explaining his passing very informative, A glimpse into his personality and the club’s inner machinations.
The main tenet was his absolute trust in Ward. Indeed, fans anxious about the appointment given the 40-year-old’s lack of experience in the role should remember that he is following Edwards’ path in promotion from the inside.
Ward knows the job, knows the demands and knows the club, having spent nine years at Liverpool during which he established the loan division, which made Edwards praised. Ward has taken on additional responsibilities over the past 12 months, a transformation that will now be accelerated.
And Edwards will reassure fans who have worked closely with him Jurgen Klopp, Detailed Ward already has a similar working relationship with the Liverpool manager. There should be no disturbance in the delivery process.
However, Edwards’ departure would be the first real test of the organisation, machine and processes he implemented so often at Anfield.
But key figures like Chief Scout and Recruiter Dave Fallows, Chief Scout Barry Hunter and Director of Research Ian Graham are still there. Only the man at the top of the pyramid will go.
The wing designation allows for continuity, stability and consistency. And the solid foundation upon which Liverpool are built today means there are a few really serious issues that the new man will have to deal with.
Certainly, Ward’s squad will be less crowded than those of some of the Reds’ players close to their Premier League rivals.
While the work that Edwards has done this summer in negotiating a host of new contracts is well appreciated – it is always very difficult to broker deals with players who have subsequently advanced to the elite level since joining a club – it is his work on the transfer market that has been the most Influential, having helped shape a team that has racked up top honors in recent seasons, the term is hoping to do the same again.
His remarkable success is arguably ensuring the highest value for players leaving Liverpool, most notably young talents such as Dominic Solanke (£19m initially), Rhian Brewster (£23m) and Gordon Ibe (£15m).
Then there was Phillipe Coutinho, who was bought for £8m and sold five years later for £142m, money paid for transformational arrivals Virgil van Dijk and Alisson Becker.
Edwards will be the first to admit that he will never score 20 goals for Liverpool. He will never save a match winning penalty in a penalty shootout. But his role in restoring the Reds cannot be underestimated.
And it’s not over yet.
One of his best decisions was to pressure Klopp to finish off Mohamed Salah’s move after the Reds boss failed to lure Julian Brandt to Anfield in the summer of 2017.
As Klopp recalls: “Michael Edwards and Dave Fallows and Barry (the fisherman), they were really in my ear and they were on ‘Come on, come on, Mo Salah, it’s the answer!'” “.
After around 140 goals in 218 matches later, Salah is the best player in the world. Edwards had secured the right man, and Liverpool have since reaped the benefits – and then some.
And with the Reds still negotiating with Salah and his representatives over a new deal, Edwards could help hammer out an agreement before emptying his Kirkby office one last time.
Regarding the parting gift, it is difficult to imagine another gift that is more appropriate.