Jamie Carragher says Julian Ward leaving Liverpool is ‘a worry’ and fears club aren’t prepared for sporting director’s departure

    Jamie Carragher has shared a concerned response to the news that Liverpool will lose Julian Ward at the end of the season.

    Ward is currently the club’s sporting director but he is now set to depart Anfield in the summer, despite only taking the job earlier in the year.

    Ward [right] took over from the well-renowned Michael Edwards in the summer


    Ward [right] took over from the well-renowned Michael Edwards in the summer

    He has been at the club for over a decade and is believed to be keen on taking a break away from football, similar reasoning to his highly successful predecessor Michael Edwards leaving.

    Speaking to Sky Sports, Carragher, who made over 700 appearances for Liverpool said: “It’s not ideal because I think when you’re talking about recruiting players, a person in that role is heavily involved not just for right now, maybe the January transfer window, you’re talking about the summer as well.

    “So it does feel like a little bit of a shock, and I think it is a little bit of a worry for Liverpool right now.”

    The former defender added: “There seems to be a lot of upheaval behind the scenes in terms of the ownership, Michael Edwards has moved on, Julian Ward came in to replace him, and now he’s gone as well.

    “I don’t think it would be easy to get someone straight away and if it is unexpected for Liverpool and it has come as a shock, I’m sure they’re not prepared for something like that right now.

    “But, someone will fill that role and hopefully they have as much success in that role as Julian Ward and Michael Edwards have had in the past.”

    Liverpool could now be looking for a new sporting director


    Liverpool could now be looking for a new sporting director

    Liverpool chairman Tom Werner recently confirmed that Liverpool’s owners Fenway Sports Group are ‘exploring a sale’ of the club, so Ward leaving may not have come at the best time for them.

    Their director of research, Ian Graham, has also issued a blow to the club after resigning from his position, with his departure said to come in May.

    It is therefore set to be a big few months of change at the Reds, with arch-rivals Manchester United also being put up for sale.

    talkSPORT’s Simon Jordan believes the Red Devils would be more of an attractive investment though, with the Old Trafford side having a huge worldwide media interest.

    Liverpool have been hugely successful under their current owners, but the era now appears to be approaching its conclusion.

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