Ian Ayre was going to leave Liverpool for 1860 Munich at the end of the season. But he now plans on leaving Liverpool at the end of February itself. Now he will be taking the role of CEO at the 1860 Munich second division side sooner.
Ayre has spent almost 10 years at Anfield, having started as commercial director in 2007. He became CEO in 2013 and was announced his departure in 2016. His difficulty to make the decision was evident when he said, “This has always been more than just a job for me because of the emotional connection I have with the place.”
Having spent so much time at Anfield, Ayre was nostalgic while making the announcement of departure. In his emotional note, he said “There is no greater professional satisfaction for me than to leave Liverpool Football Club in much improved health throughout than when I joined the club in 2007.”
Ayre appears to be ready for the challenge ahead of him. “1860 Munich does not belong to the biggest or best clubs in Germany at the moment but there is a lot of potential to improve that,” he said. “We all have to pull together on and off the pitch and it will be my job to make this happen.”
Ayre is looking to be an important addition for 1860 Munich. Having put in relentless efforts for Liverpool, 1860 Munich would be expecting the same. They are hoping that he can help them achieve their target of returning to Bundesliga. 1860 Munich’s majority shareholder Hasan Ismaik said in a statement “For that, we need people whose character and the skills fit with the club,” as they have chosen Ayre to the job for them.
Ismaik went on to say, “We are confident that his long experience at top level will help us. I look forward to working with him and wish Ian a lot luck.”