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.
Kenny should bring back paco ayestaran. One of rafa big mistakes letting him go.
Too true Brian, bring back Paco.
I also wonder if Sammy has been talking out of turn, John Henry and the new Liverpool Way is very strict about talking to the press.
Paco wanted to return to spain didn’t he? A little harsh calling it Rafas mistake. From what I’ve read Rafa was pissed when he left.
I believe Sammy was the ‘get up and go’ at Liverpool and as the ying to rafas yang. Rafa did’nt get too close to the players and needed someone of Sammy’s personality and qualifications to link the players to the management.
Kenny is a personality all of his own though. He takes players to Boyzone concerts when they sign!! I remember J.Redknapp saying he stayed with Kenny and his missus when he 1st signed for us as well. Unlike Rafa Kenny is not only a fooytball manager he is also a man-manager. Hence the reason, in my opinion, why Sammy in is now surplus to requirements.
LEE WAS A YES MAN !! ALL HE WANTED WAS TO LINE HIS OWN POCKETS.. WHAT WAS HE SAYING WEN IT WAS ALL GOIN WRONG WITH RAFFA AND WWOYY.. HE SAID NOUT.. JUST AGREED THAT THEM 2 PRICKS WER OK AND DOIN A GOOD JOB.. WELL HOPE U ENJOY THE MONEY U MILKED LFC 4. DO 1 DIVI
5Times, that is very harse, Sammy has been a great servant. He may not be top manager caliber but his commitment and passion for the cause should never be questioned and I think he is a half decent coach if not the best. I would suspect you were a blue nose or manc if it wasn´t for your name…
5 times probably has no idea that Sammy Lee was involved in 2 of the 5 wins and was there for 4 of them.
A typical Sky generation tit in his twenty’s who thinks he has seen everything.
He said ‘nout’ you say? The typical sky generation bell end that wants our linen washed in public too.
If you said that in the Albert boozer near the ground you would be knocked out and rightly so.
You probably hate the no news coming from the club regarding transfers.
Sammy always looked second rate, probably to do with his eyes so close together. He may be Liverpool through and through but Clarke is by far the superior coach. He always looked a bit thick on the sidelines with his tracksuit. A bit like a mungo relative you wheeled out to keep everyone sweet. Dear old Sammy. Maybe some sense rather than blind loyalty maybe coursing through Anfield at present. I hope so.