Reds confirm academy reshuffle

The emergence of teenagers John Flanagan and Jack Robinson into
Kenny Dalglish’s side, plus the performance of the under-18s this
season, has shown what potential talent there is within the club
and a reshuffle at Kirkby aims to improve the process further.
Academy director Frank McParland has become director of academy and
player development, with additional responsibility for overseeing
all reserve team matters. “It’s part of the club ethos to actively
develop the people we already have in place and I’m delighted we
have been able to promote so many different individuals from within
the academy,” he said. “We’ve looked at the best way of integrating
these different functions within the club as part of our overall
vision on how we should operate and also how we identify the right
type of players to bring through to the first team.” Technical
director Pep Segura has signed a new contract, with an extension of
his duties to include technical development of the reserves. The
vacancy left by departure of John McMahon as reserve team manager
in March has been filled by under-18s coach Rodolfo Borrell, with
his position taken by under-16s coach Mike Marsh and Steve Cooper
promoted to academy manager and under-16 coach, while also promoted
to academy manager. Stuart Webber, previously senior national
scout, has been promoted to director of recruitment. “Real progress
has been made this season and this has been reflected in the
recognition given to our young academy players – both at senior
level within the club and also on the international football
stage,” said director of football Damien Comolli. “But we have put
a considerable amount of time and effort into thinking about what
we need going forward and these changes reflect our desire to
constantly improve the way we work. “Stability is a key part of
this process and the quality of the people already working at the
academy has been reflected in the number of internal promotions we
have made. “We’ve considered both the technical development of the
boys at Kirkby and the way our scouting of youngsters in the first
place fits into the club’s overall recruitment policy.”