Liverpool Echo writes that yesterday both Frank McParland and Rodolfo Borrell were sacked. The Echo writes:
"...the duo were both informed of the club's decision to relieve them of their duties yesterday. Both McParland and Borrell had earned praise for helping to kick-start the conveyor belt of talent from Kirkby to Melwood in recent years.
No fewer than seven Academy youngsters made their first team debuts last season with Jordon Ibe following in the footsteps of Suso, Andre Wisdom, Adam Morgan, Samed Yesil, Jerome Sinclair and Conor Coady.
McParland, who had previously served Liverpool as chief scout, was appointed Academy director by Rafa Benitez in the summer of 2009. Two years later he was given the added responsibility of overseeing the running of the reserve team.
Borrell also arrived at Kirkby in 2009 as he began working with the under-18s and then the under-21s before taking up the role of technical director a year ago.
Liverpool FC today declined to comment on the sackings and it's not yet clear whether replacements have already been lined up."
With a strong youth setup being a key part of FSG's strategy for Liverpool, and McParland and Borrell considered successful at running the youth academy, you can't help wondering what lies behind this dismissal?
Such experienced men as McParland and Borrell would be unlikely to cause a personal upset big enough to warrant a dismissal. Perhaps Brendan Rodgers feels he has earned enough credit with the management of Liverpool FC to warrant him bringing in his own appointments?
Perhaps this is a case of "Chelsea" where very large investments were made into a youth setup, with the stated goal of two home grown players should be first team regulars, a goal that never materialised?
I think it is fair to say that this dismissal comes as a shock for all of us.