LIVERPOOL managing director Ian Ayre today thanked Steve Clarke and Kevin Keen for their service after it was confirmed that the first team coaches have left Anfield.
Both Clarke and Keen, who made up Kenny Dalglish’s backroom staff, have reached an agreement with the Reds to move on.
Their exit had been widely expected following the sacking of Dalglish and the appointment of new manager Brendan Rodgers last week.
Rodgers intends to install Colin Pascoe, who was his No 2 at Swansea City, as his assistant, while also bringing head of sports science and medicine Glen Driscoll and performance analyst Chris Davies with him from the Welsh outfit.
However, their appointments have yet to be confirmed by Liverpool as there are still some details surrounding their move to be ironed out with Swansea.
Clarke and Keen didn’t fit into Rodgers’ plans for the Reds’ future but Ayre was quick to pay tribute to the pair.
“Steve and Kevin are great professionals and both can be proud of the contribution they have made to Liverpool Football Club,” Ayre said.
“Working alongside Kenny Dalglish, they helped bring stability back to Liverpool and we will always be grateful for the hard work they did during their time with us.”
Clarke, who worked with Rodgers at Chelsea during his successful stint as assistant boss to Jose Mourinho, was brought to Anfield by Dalglish in January 2011.
The 48-year-old Scot was credited with improving the Reds defensively and was popular among the squad.
He tendered his resignation out of loyalty to Dalglish following the manager’s sacking last month. That offer was declined by the club but with Rodgers making it clear he wanted to bring in his own staff, Clarke’s departure has been agreed.
In a statement the League Managers Association said: “The LMA can confirm that Steve Clarke and Liverpool FC have parted company on amicable terms. Steve now looks forward to the next challenge in his career.”
Clarke, who has also had spells as a coach with Newcastle and West Ham, has been linked with the vacant manager’s job at West Brom.
Keen moves on after just 11 months with Liverpool. Dalglish appointed the former West Ham coach last July after deciding to dispense with the services of Sammy Lee.
Rodgers is expected to adopt a much more hands on approach in training compared to Dalglish who relied on Clarke and Keen to take the sessions.
The new Reds boss is keen to be reunited with Pascoe with the ex-Wales midfielder seen as a key part of the success Rodgers masterminded at Swansea.