LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Thursday, February 25, 2016: Liverpool's chief executive Ian Ayre before the UEFA Europa League Round of 32 1st Leg match against FC Augsburg at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Liverpool commercial director Billy Hogan tipped to take over from Ian Ayre as CEO

Liverpool’s chief executive officer, Ian Ayre, will soon leave his post and the Reds could already be lining up his successor.

In March, Ayre announced his decision to depart the club on the expiry of his current contract, which runs until the end of the 2016/17 season.

Liverpool owners Fenway Sports Group have employed recruitment group Spencer Stuart to search for Ayre’s replacement, but the Independent‘s Simon Hughes reports that Liverpool’s commercial director, Billy Hogan, could be lined up for the role.

Hogan joined the Reds in 2012, but has taken a more hands-on role since 2014, when he relocated to the club’s offices in London.

Former managing director of Fenway Sports Management, Hogan has been playing a central role in negotiating naming rights for Anfield’s new Main Stand.

Hughes continues to report that as well as appointing a new CEO, FSG have had their minds occupied by a number of takeover offers and have already rejected two of them from Chinese groups.

The announcement of Klopp’s new six-year contract came as welcomed news to all across Merseyside and with his future now set in place, it’s even more important for FSG to put their focus into the direction of the club, and boosting its value over its current £750 million projection.

On the field, FSG’s reign so far hasn’t been a successful one, and can largely be described as a prolonged period of transition.

But in Klopp they have a promising future ahead and Hogan could be set to become part of a long-term development plan which could see the German push Liverpool back to greatness.

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