When the chief executive of your football club announces he will be leaving your club after 10 years of work, you'd expect fans to pay tribute to his services.
But that wasn't exactly the case when Liverpool’s chief executive Ian Ayre announced he will be stepping down at Anfield when his contract expires in May 2017.
Ayre is criticised by some Liverpool fans for his failure in previous transfer windows and the news was greeted with joy by many fans.
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He joined Anfield as commercial director and the club's board of director in 2009. He was then promoted to managing director in 2011 and chief executive in 2013.
He has overseen a change of owners at the club and has helped Liverpool Football Club remain one of the biggest names in the world.
However, after hearing the announcement, Kopites took to social media to declare their joy that Ayre will be leaving.
Principal John Henry, chairman Tom Werner and president Mike Gordon have released the following statement:
"Ian advised us of his intention to step down as CEO a few months ago.
"We asked him on several occasions to take some time to reconsider his decision, but have been unable to convince him to remain as CEO beyond May 2017. We will at some point in the near future begin identifying and recruiting a worthy successor to continue to build on the outstanding foundations which have been laid by Ian.
"Under his leadership, we have seen Liverpool transform from a club that was on the brink of bankruptcy, to one which today enjoys strong financial and operational health.
The full statement can be read here:
Ayre himself also wrote a statement on the club’s official website.
"If becoming chief executive of Liverpool Football Club was the greatest honour of my professional life, then deciding to step down at the end of my current contract is by far the most difficult.
"Having the privilege to lead this great club comes with huge responsibility and challenge but one which I have relished and I feel proud of my achievements in the role. I believe the end of next season is the right time to pass the CEO baton on to a new person, who will take on the challenges and opportunities with a fresh enthusiasm and vigour. They will do so supported by what I believe to be the best ownership group in world sport and by a truly excellent team of staff throughout the football club.
"Having been brought up in the shadow of Anfield, I have found it the most profound privilege to serve the club I have supported all my life. The driving principle behind every decision I have taken during my time here has been to do the best for the long-term stability and health of this great football club. In the remaining 15 months I have as CEO, I will continue to provide FSG, Jürgen, the players and all the brilliant staff at Liverpool ongoing strategic leadership and a smooth transition.”
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