Moore Becomes Director of Football

MooreseyAFC Liverpool today announced that Paul Moore will be taking up a new role as Director of Football after serving as first team manager for five and half years.

‘It’s been a collective decision that’s been in the planning for a good while and it’s come to fruition now as it’s the right time for Paul,’ said chairman Chris Stirrup. ‘I think Paul’s ideally suited to his new role. As well as being a successful manager for us for the past five and a bit years, he’s got a lot of contacts in football and he’s got a lot of ideas that he wants to put in place that hopefully over the coming weeks and months, will be able to take this club forward, both on and off the field.’

‘It’s a great honour to be asked by the board to do this role,’ said Moore. ‘I’m looking forward to the new challenge and I’d like to thank the board for giving me this opportunity. We’ve spoken about this for a long time and it’s a great opportunity for me to help the club in another dimension and help to continue to move it forward.’

‘People might question the timing of the move but in all honesty, I had hoped the announcement would be made before the start of the season. However, there was a lot going on behind the scenes in pre-season and I felt that the time wasn’t right then. I’ve recently set up a new business, which is doing really well, so that all came into the decision making process, and also after five years as manager, I think my family deserve a bit more of me and this new role will give me more time to be with the kids. Being a manager, sometimes you tend to focus only on the football and the conversations at home don’t tend to happen. So the time is right now and it’s an exciting challenge and I’m really looking forward to it, so bring it on.’

Moore initially joined AFC Liverpool upon it’s formation in 2008 as the goalkeeping coach and he took over the managerial reigns in April 2010 following the departure of Derek Goulding. His impact was immediate as the club won eight of the nine remaining games of the season, including the North West Counties First Division Trophy Final. The following season, Moore guided the club to another Trophy Final as well as fourth in the table, which proved to be good enough to earn promotion to the NWCFL Premier Division. The transition to the higher level proved to a be a challenge but under his stewardship, the Reds more than consolidated their position in the division, achieving a best of a seventh place finish in 2013/14. Moore also took AFC Liverpool to two Liverpool Senior Cup finals in three seasons but on both occasions, the trophy narrowly eluded the Reds.

‘I am proud of all that I achieved as manager,’ said Moore. ‘When I first come into the club, I felt it wasn’t in the best of health. We won a cup at the end of that first season and though obviously I would have like to have won more honours, I feel now I’ve established the club and I’ve certainly stabilised it from a playing perspective. When I first got offered the job, the first thing I was told was keep the team in the league. Well I’ve done more than that. I’ve got promotion and AFC Liverpool is now recognised and known for it’s good football, which I’ve brought in. At times it’s been really, really exciting, and yes, some of the results haven’t gone according to plan, but I’m very proud to have been manager of AFC Liverpool.

‘Paul’s been our manager for over five years and he’s won a trophy and been in three other cup finals and got us promotion,’ added Stirrup. ‘In five years, there’s not many football clubs that have had better at most levels of football. The way Paul’s had the team playing, it’s been really entertaining and he’s brought in some great players and his record speaks for itself. We’d like to thank Paul for all his efforts and hard work as the manager and now we look forward to working with him in his new capacity.’

‘I’d like to go on the record and thank the supporters, who have really backed me, as have the board,’ said Moore. ‘I’d also like to thank the players that I’ve worked with. They’ve been a great credit to themselves and this club. I’d like to thank everyone that’s given me an opportunity and backed me but that doesn’t mean Paul Moore has left the club. I’ve got a great opportunity to help move the club forward with the help of others and I’m really looking forward to a bright future for AFC Liverpool.’

Photo courtesy of Dave Williams.

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