Liverpool Football Club were dealt a huge blow in many peoples eyes when it was announced that academy director Frank McParland and technical chief Rodolfo Borrell had been sacked by the club. These two were seen as instrumental in taking the Liverpool Academy to its current high status.
McParland, who previously was a Liverpool chief scout, was appointed Academy director by Rafa Benitez in the summer of 2009 and two years later was given the added responsibility of overseeing the running of the reserve team.
Borrell, who spent 13 years developing youngsters at Barcelona such as Messi, also arrived at Kirkby in 2009 to work initially with the under-18s and then the U21s before taking up the role of technical director a year ago.
During their time at the club, they managed to bring the likes of Sterling, Kelly, Wisdom, Ibe, Flanagan and Suso through the ranks and into the first team.
It is still not yet official as to why the two have been sacked but I am sure Liverpool will be making an announcement soon and maybe potential replacements will be announced.
Former Liverpool midfielder Jan Molby has said that maybe Robbie Fowler, Rob Jones and Steve McManaman could be potential replacements as those three have been recently called back to Liverpool by Brendan Rodgers to help out with the youth.
Speaking in his Eurosport column, Molby said, “I’m sure Brendan Rodgers will have been involved in this decision as the owners seem to trust him regarding the future strategy of the club. There have been changes afoot since the employment of respected former Spurs youth coach Alex Inglethorpe as U21 boss last year. Robbie Fowler, Steve McManaman and Rob Jones have all been brought back to help out with the academy, so maybe they will be given increased roles.”
Fowler, Jones and McManaman are Liverpool greats and there is no doubt they were brilliant as players in their time. Maybe this is the perfect opportunity to promote them to the next level and give them full responsibility of producing future players for the cub. We have had several foreigners at the Liverpool Academy, maybe it is time to bring in local people who know the youth of Merseyside and get them involved. It would be great for the young players coming through the ranks to know that they are in the hands of Liverpool legends who have ‘been there and got the tshirt’.