Liverpool front office organizational chart and where Arne Slot sits in structure

Michael Edwards is among those who will be tasked with navigating Liverpool's new era
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For the first time in nearly a decade at Anfield, the summer of 2024 heralds a period of wholesale changes within the club's inner sanctum as Liverpool's next era starts to take shape.

Following the departure of Jürgen Klopp as manager at the backend of the previous season, the task of the Reds' chiefs will be to navigate the transition into this new chapter while maintaining the success of the previous nine years. The charismatic German coach left Merseyside having won practically ever major honor available in a trophy-laden spell from 2015 to 2024.

The appointment of Arne Slot from Feyenoord as Klopp's successor represented one of the most significant decisions reached by Michael Edwards, who has returned to the club as CEO of Football. Previously Sporting Director as Liverpool won the Champions League and the Premier League among seven major prizes in his time with the club, his comeback may provide some much-needed stability during a period of change at Anfeld.

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Above him in the pecking order at Fenway Sports Group (FSG) are Mike Gordon, John W. Henry and Tom Werner, who have trusted him with this new role. Alongside Edwards will be Liverpool CEO, Billy Hogan, who was also appointed in a new capacity within the ranks as FSG's CEO International.

Below, has put together a chain of command within the Reds' front office...

Mike Gordon - FSG President

First up is Mike Gordon, with the FSG president having been front and center of operations on both sides of the pond for the group's various sporting institutions over the last decade. The Bostonian has risen from being a partner in FSG at the turn of the century to his current role, which he assumed in 2013.

He is expected to scale down his involvement in terms of the hands-on operations at Anfield following the appointment of Edwards, who reports to Gordon, alongside Henry and Werner.

Michael Edwards - FSG CEO Football

Michael Edwards' return to Merseyside came unexpectedly earlier in the year, especially after his departure from the club in the summer of 2022. Now back in position at the club, his role carries extra responsibilities this time around, when compared with his previous post as Sporting Director.

Gordon has already confirmed that Edwards will oversee leading "engagement on matters relating to football" as part of his remit. The latter also stated that he will be keeping a watchful eye over the "reinforcement of football operations", with his appointment of Richard Hughes forming part his work as the new era at Anfield takes shape.

Richard Hughes - Sporting Director

Richard Hughes' appointment as Sporting Director was the brainchild of the aforementioned Edwards, as he fills the role that his superior once performed on Merseyside. The former Bournemouth figure was headhunted for the post and succeeds interim Sporting Director, Jorg Schmadtke, who departed the club at the start of the year.

Hughes' role will be to oversee transfer activity, as well as contracts, while his post also encompasses coaching, medical and sports science operations. In addition to this, the ex-Cherries employee will be tasked with looking after administrative and facilities management, according to the Athletic.

Julian Ward - FSG Technical Director

Another name which will be familiar to Liverpool fans is that of Julian Ward, who has also back in the building in L4 as Technical Director. Previously fulfilling a role as Sporting Director after the first departure of Edwards, he too called it quits following just a single year in the role.

After his sabbatical, it appears that the offer to return to Merseyside was too hard for Ward to refuse as he takes on the role within FSG's football operation. As part of his remit, he will oversee the developments at Liverpool’s Academy, alongside player development, while the establishment of a football innovation department is also his responsibility.

Pedro Marques - FSG Director of Football Development

Another exciting addition within the new-look team behind the scenes on Merseyside is Portuguese employee Pedro Marques. Brought in from Benfica, where was Technical Director, he has moved to England to take on the role at FSG as director of football development. After helping to nurture talents such as Ruben Dias, Joao Felix, Goncalo Ramos, Antonio Silva and Joao Neves in his homeland, the hope at Liverpool will be that he can bring his magic touch to England.

David Woodfine - Assistant Sporting Director

Next up we have David Woodfine, who is another member of the Reds' inner sanctum who has been brought back to the club following a previous departure. Now appointed as assistant sporting director, he previously served as Liverpool's director of loans management but left the role in May of last year.

Hans Leitert - FSG Head of Global Goalkeeping

Hans Leitert has established a reputation for his excellence as a Goalkeeping consultant for Liverpool, which is a role he fulfilled from 2018 onwards. Originally hailing from Austria, he has been handed a role as FSG's Head of Global Goalkeeping by Edwards, and his job will be to help to develop goalkeeping coaches and oversee scouting across the world.

Arne Slot was appointed as the club's new head coach, the first in Liverpool's long history

Arne Slot - Head Coach

Then we come to newly-appointed head coach Arne Slot, who has been appointed in that role as opposed to the role as 'manager', which was Jurgen Klopp's official title. He will be bringing assistant Sipke Hulshoff with him from the Netherlands, while Ruben Peeters has been brought in as Head of Performance from Feyenoord too.

Essentially, the new structure at Anfield has been established in the hope that Slot is able to focus on matters when it comes to coaching instead of being spread thin with matters aside from overseeing team matters. According to the Athletic, recruitment decisions in terms of transfers will be a 'collaborative' effort between the head coach and members of the front office.