Former Liverpool chief leaves Munich role after one month

Date published: Wednesday 31st May 2017 10:10 - James Marshment

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Former Liverpool chief executive Ian Ayre has left his role as 1860 Munich’s general manager after a little more than a month in the position.

Ayre departed Anfield in February but the 54-year-old, who started his new job in April, has resigned following the club’s relegation to the third tier of German football.

That drop came after a play-off defeat to Jahn Regensburg, but Ayre handed his resignation in before the game.

A club statement read: “The publication of this report was withheld, in order not to burden the team for the important game against Regensburg.”

Ayre spent 10 years at Liverpool but was replaced by Peter Moore and explaining his departure, he said: “Unfortunately, during my short tenure I have found an organisation in which the shareholders are not aligned in a common interest, nor have a shared vision for the future of the club,” Ayre told the Liverpool Echo in a statement.

“Consequently, although an approved budget for next season was established, there remains significant disagreement between various shareholders, at a crucial time making it impossible for me to continue in the role.

“I have said in the past that Hasan Ismaik (club chairman) is hugely passionate about this club and has invested heavily to make it a success. However, this investment will not bear fruit unless all shareholders align behind shared objectives for the future with respect for each other. Currently this is not the case.

“Only then can the executive management build and operate an effective and successful club.”

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