After two months of mostly poor football and results, and with many fans seeming more depressed than angry, Liverpool have made the seemingly inevitable decision to part ways with Brendan Rodgers. It's been some time coming now, and an international break should give the club time to get a new manager in place before the next match.
At present, Jurgen Klopp remains the widely reported frontrunner. Carlo Ancelotti has also been reported by some as being considered alongside him. Either way, it's clear Liverpool will try to make the next manager something of a statement signing, and with that in mind, it seems even more important that they acted when they did rather than waiting.
However, according to reports in the BBC and elsewhere, they could run into a stickling point: the club are determined to keep the oft-criticised transfer committee in place rather than using the managerial change as a chance to move to the Director of Football set-up it was rumoured Fenway Sports Group wanted when they first bought the club.
In the end, though, it appears the club's owners believe in the collective they have set up to scout and evaluate talent—ideally in conjunction with whichever manager is brought on—and, as the committee serves roughly the same purpose as a Director of Football would, this perhaps shouldn't come as a massive shock. Still, it is clearly a gamble on their part.
A gamble that the committee mostly got things right over the past four summers while Rodgers, the man tasked with managing the players he and the committee decided to recruit, was mostly getting the management of said players wrong. It's a vote of confidence in players like Lazar Markovic and Alberto Moreno and Emre Can and Divock Origi.
For many fans, if they take a step back and give it some thought, that might not seem a bad vote of confidence. Rodgers often seemed to clash with the transfer committee in his time at the club, but as a collective they do the same job a DoF would when it comes to player recruitment—they talk to the manager, determine the targets, and go out and get them.
They were widely reported to have targeted Mamadou Sakho as the man to rebuild Liverpool's defence around only for Rodgers to a year later decide he needed his guy, Dejan Lovren, in instead. They have focused on youth and, most often, undervalued talent. Liverpool, it turns out, already had a DoF picked out—it's just a collective rather than an individual.
Now, the question is whether either—or perhaps neither or maybe both—of the club's prima candidates feel they are willing and able to work with that collective. If only one of Klopp or Ancelotti is, that could go a long way to determining which ends up with a job offer.
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