Liverpool thankful for contribution of departing Clarke and Keen

Liverpool managing director Ian Ayre has paid tribute to the contribution of departing coaching pair Steve Clarke and Kevin Keen after it was decided they would not form part of new manager Brendan Rodgers’ backroom team, the Liverpool Echo has reported.

Clarke and Keen both worked under former manager Kenny Dalglish but with Rodgers expected to name his former Swansea City assistant manager Colin Pascoe, former Swansea head of sports science and medicine Glen Driscoll and former Swansea performance analyst Chris Davies to his staff, there was no place for Clarke or Keen to remain.

However, Ayre praised both Clarke and Keen for their help in returning the club to an even keel and the help they offered to Dalglish. He said: “Steve and Kevin are great professionals and both can be proud of the contribution they have made to Liverpool. Working alongside Kenny, they helped bring stability back to Liverpool and we will always be grateful for the hard work they did during their time with us.

Keen and Clarke previously worked together at West Ham United, where Clarke was assistant manager to his former Chelsea teammate Gianfranco Zola. Clarke and Rodgers have also previously worked together, when Clarke was assistant manager under Jose Mourinho and Rodgers was first a coach with the youth team and later reserve team manager. Clarke has been linked with the vacant managerial post at West Bromwich Albion, the Echo adds.

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