Liverpool’s New Era Begins As Club Confirms Appointment of New Sporting Director


Liverpool Football Club has officially announced the appointment of Richard Hughes as their new sporting director.

The search for a successor began following the departure of Jorg Schmadtke at the end of the January transfer window, after his brief nine-month tenure.

Hughes, currently serving at Bournemouth, will transition to his new role at Liverpool at the conclusion of the 2023/24 season.

He will be tasked with overseeing the club’s transfer operations and contributing to the post-Jurgen Klopp era rebuild at Anfield.

Expressing his excitement about joining Liverpool, Hughes stated to the club’s official website that he feels “incredibly proud” to take on the role of sporting director at one of Europe’s premier football clubs.

“I am incredibly proud to be offered this opportunity. Liverpool FC is a unique club and I’m grateful to be given a chance to serve it in this capacity,” he said.

“People rightly talk about the rich history this organisation can boast, but it is the present and future which really excites me. Jurgen Klopp is leading an outstanding team and squad and alongside that the commitment to young players and their pathway to the first team is also outstanding.

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“I am fully aware of the expectations and responsibilities that come with taking this position. It will be my job, working with Michael [Edwards] and leading the football operations team already in place, plus the wider staff at the AXA Training Centre, to make good decisions.

“That’s really what the job entails: you have to make the kind of good decisions which enhance the prospects of having a team that wins and excites the supporters. It is what Liverpool have done well for a very long time and the benefits are there for everyone to see.”

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