Liverpool’s former CEO Ian Ayre has not lasted quite as long in Germany as he did on Merseyside!
Having left his post at Anfield back in February, Ayre’s quit his position at 1860 Munich after just seven weeks, watching the club get relegated to the third tier of German football at the weekend.
Ayre quit Liverpool looking for another challenge, but infighting at board level at his new club meant he felt his position was no longer tenable.
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In his place, we have Michael Edwards working as a sporting director and looking with after transfer negotiations and Peter Moore beginning shortly as CEO, focussing more on commercial aspects.
“Unfortunately, during my short eight week tenure I have found an organisation in which the shareholders are not aligned in a common interest, nor have a shared vision for the future of the club,” he told the Echo.
“Consequently, although an approved budget for next season was established, there remains significant disagreement between various shareholders, at a crucial time making it impossible for me to continue in the role.
“I have said in the past that Hasan Ismaik (club chairman) is hugely passionate about this club and has invested heavily to make it a success. However, this investment will not bear fruit unless all shareholders align behind shared objectives for the future with respect for each other. Currently this is not the case.
“Only then can the executive management build and operate an effective and successful club.”
It now remains to be seen if Ayre will continue working on the continent, back in England, or away from football entirely.
He split the opinion of Liverpool fans while working at the club, but actually did some good work and was very highly rated by the owners.