Another one bites the dust: LFC sack head of science

In a busy day on Merseyside, Liverpool have parted company with another full time member of staff, adding to the departure earlier of director of football Damien Comolli.

The next casualty, of what appears to be a huge review by owners FSG, is the Club’s Head of Sports Medicine and Science Dr. Peter Brukner.

The Australian was appointed in summer 2010, by former managing director Christian Purslow.

BBC reporter Ben Smith writes “He [Brukner] will almost certainly not be the last to go today.”

This move has again shown the ruthlessness of FSG. Questions will be asked whether this is a cost-cutting measure, or a performance related issue.

Update: This news has now been confirmed by Liverpool FC and FSG.

Managing Director Ian Ayre said:

“We are grateful to Peter who has been the catalyst for the transformation of our Sports Medicine and Sports Science capability at the Club since he joined two years ago. He has been instrumental in re-defining our requirements and bringing first class people into the team, providing us with a great platform to move forward. We wish him all the best for the future.”

Kenny Dalglish said:

“The framework Peter has established has allowed us to see some very real results in relation to our overall levels of fitness and a reduction in injury levels. Peter acted as the key advisor to the club in this regard, and we wish him well in the future.”

Peter Brukner said:

“It has been an honour to work at Liverpool Football Club. I am very proud of what we have achieved over the past two years, as can be seen by the reduced injury rate and improved fitness levels. With a world class staff now in place, I feel I have accomplished what I was asked to do by LFC in 2010 and the Club is in good hands. I wish the Club every success in the future.”

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