Sammy Lee leaves Liverpool

Liverpool FC confirmed on Thursday that assistant manager Sammy Lee has left the club “by mutual consent”.

The 52 year old returned to the club in 2008 under Rafa Benitez, following Pako Ayesteran’s departure, having left the club 4 years previous to take up a full-time role with the England team and then moving to become assistant and eventually a short-term stint as manager at Bolton Wanderers.

Lee made over 200 appearances for Liverpool in the seventies and eighties, and returned to the club as part of the coaching staff under Graeme Sounness in 1993. He took up a role as reserves manger and later first team coach under managers Roy Evans and Gerard Houllier.

Lee told the official LFC website “I’m proud of the contribution I’ve been able to make since then. I want to wish Kenny, the players and the supporters all the best going forward.”

His role at Anfield came under scrutiny when former Chelsea assistant manager Steve Clarke took up the role as first-team coach when Kenny Dalglish returned to the club in January. Clarke is now expected to be promoted to assistant manger and a new first-team coach being appointed.

Speculation suggests that coach will be Paul Clement, who was released at Chelsea following Andre Villas-Boas’ appointment and worked alongside Clarke under Jose Mourinho.

Another name being suggested is former player Gary McAllister, who left Aston Villa following Alex McCleish’s appointment. McAllister, the former Leeds boss, was assistant to Gerard Houllier at the Midlands club.