Liverpool owners, FSG have appointed the services of veteran sporting executive Theo Epstein in their quest to identify Jurgen Klopp’s successor.
Epstein, 50, assumes the role of ‘senior advisor’ within FSG, taking charge of sporting affairs not only for Liverpool but also for the Boston Red Sox in baseball and the Pittsburgh Penguins in the NHL, among other responsibilities.
With a distinguished career, Epstein served nearly a decade as the CEO of the Red Sox, securing two World Series victories. His success continued as the president of the Chicago Cubs from 2011 to 2020.
Now, entrusted with a pivotal role, Epstein is expected to contribute significantly to Liverpool’s search for a perfect replacement for Klopp at the helm of Anfield, as reported from the United States.
“I am thrilled and honoured to return to FSG,’ Epstein said regarding his appointment per the Mirror.
“This is truly a unique opportunity for me – a chance to partner with people who mean a lot to me; a chance to challenge myself in new arenas; and a chance to use my experience and perspective to help others succeed and win at the highest level.
‘FSG is a dynamic, groundbreaking organisation with an incredible track record of accomplishment across sports. The special connection I feel toward this organisation and the ownership group has stayed with me through the years. I am proud and humbled to return as a minority owner and adviser.
“In this role, I will not be the one making decisions; rather, I’ll be the one asking questions, offering opinions, building trust, and supporting the terrific people at FSG to help us reach new heights.”
In a surprising turn of events, Klopp sent shockwaves through the footballing community by revealing last week that this season marks the end of his nine-year tenure at Merseyside.
Citing accumulated fatigue as the decisive factor, the 56-year-old firmly asserted that he no longer deems himself the suitable figure to guide the club into the future, emphasizing that there exists no circumstance that could prompt him to reconsider his choice.
Consequently, the quest for a new manager is already in progress. Among the frontrunners is former Reds midfielder Xabi Alonso, who has gained recognition for his accomplishments in the Bundesliga with Bayer Leverkusen.
Another notable contender for Klopp’s successor is Roberto De Zerbi, currently at the helm of Brighton.
De Zerbi’s noteworthy achievement in steering the Seagulls to European football in his inaugural English football season has positioned him as a compelling option for the managerial role.