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Ian Ayre To Step Down As Liverpool CEO

Tue 15th Mar 2016 | Football Club Management

Ian Ayre has announced he is to step down as CEO of Liverpool Football Club at the end of May 2017.

Ayre, who joined the club in 2007 as commercial director before becoming chief executive in 2013, will step down when his current contract expires.

Under Ayre’s leadership he has overseen a complete transformation of the club’s financial, commercial and operational structure; played a pivotal role in progressing the redevelopment of Anfield stadium and regeneration of the local area; and restored Liverpool’s reputation as one of the leading clubs in English football.

Commenting on Ian’s decision, principal owner John W. Henry, chairman Tom Werner and president Mike Gordon said in a statement released by the club: "Ian advised us of his intention to step down as CEO a few months ago.  

"We asked him on several occasions to take some time to reconsider his decision, but have been unable to convince him to remain as CEO beyond May 2017. We will at some point in the near future begin identifying and recruiting a worthy successor to continue to build on the outstanding foundations which have been laid by Ian. 

"Under his leadership, we have seen Liverpool transform from a club that was on the brink of bankruptcy, to one which today enjoys strong financial and operational health.

"Stability is a commodity often under-valued in sporting organisations, but it has been a fundamental hallmark of Ian’s time in charge. Liverpool will reap the benefits of his outstanding work for many years to come.

 “There will continue to be important milestones for Liverpool over the next 15 months, not least the completion of the redevelopment at Anfield stadium, and we are grateful that Ian will continue his leadership through to May 2017."

Ian Ayre, added: "If becoming chief executive of Liverpool Football Club was the greatest honour of my professional life, then deciding to step down at the end of my current contract is by far the most difficult.

"Having the privilege to lead this great club comes with huge responsibility and challenge but one which I have relished and I feel proud of my achievements in the role.

“I believe the end of next season is the right time to pass the CEO baton on to a new person, who will take on the challenges and opportunities with a fresh enthusiasm and vigour.

"The driving principle behind every decision I have taken during my time here has been to do the best for the long-term stability and health of this great football club.

“In the remaining 15 months I have as CEO, I will continue to provide FSG, Jürgen, the players and all the brilliant staff at Liverpool ongoing strategic leadership and a smooth transition."

Image: Action Images via Reuters / Carl Recine 

Posted by: Aaron Gourley 

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