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.”