Date: 30th June 2011 at 9:00pm
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Although there has been no announcement on the official site as of yet, with both the BBC and the Liverpool Echo confirming his departure, I think it is fairly certain that Assistant Manager Sammy Lee has parted company with the club.

A tremendous servant as both a player and coach, Sammy will be sorely missed by the players, with many of them praising the man in interviews since his return to the club in 2008 with Rafa Benitez. The most probable reason for his departure is that is role had been severely diminished by the arrival of Steve Clarke as First Team coach back in January, along with King Kenny in January.

Clarke has been integral to the Reds revival in the second half of last season, as his training sessions and defensive organisation has contributed to both the feel good feeling around the club and the results that went with it. It would be unsurprising if Clarke was given a swift promotion to the role of Assistant Manager as he has been previously at both West Ham and Chelsea.

To go back to Lee though, I don’t think you should underestimate the man’s coaching credentials. I doubt it was any coincidence that Lee was Assistant Manager when the Reds went so close to winning the title in the 2008/09 season and although much of the credit for the campaign should be given to Benitez, the partnership between the manager and assistant is crucial to get right if you are to have a successful season.

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