By India Today Sports Desk: Liverpool announced the appointment of Jorg Schmadtke as the club’s new sporting director on Tuesday, as the Premier League club looks to rebuild for next season after failing to qualify for the Champions League.
The 59-year-old German spent more than four years in the same position at Wolfsburg before leaving at the beginning of the year. He has previously held roles in Cologne, Hannover, and Alemannia Aachen. Schmadtke will take over as Liverpool sporting director on July 1st, replacing Julian Ward, who is departing after a year in the position and more than a decade at Anfield.
“Jorg will work with our football operations department as it continues to provide support for Juergen Klopp, in keeping with our ongoing endeavour to keep growing and developing the club in all areas,” Mike Gordon, the president of Liverpool’s owners, Fenway Sports Group, said in a statement.
“We must also bid a fond farewell to Julian Ward, who has served us with unstinting diligence, fortitude and energy in a number of roles.”
Liverpool finished fifth in the Premier League, outside the Champions League qualification spots for the first time since 2016-17.
Liverpool’s possible summer additions are already in the works, with Brighton’s Alexis MacAllister at the top of the Reds’ list of targets. Ward spoke with Schmadtke last week in Merseyside, and there is optimism that the club will make at least three important first-team additions this month, with Jurgen Klopp anxious to rebuild his squad after a poor season. Ryan Gravenberch of Bayern Munich, Mason Mount of Chelsea, and Matheus Nunes of Wolves have all been closely linked.