Liverpool bin weekly magazine as John W Henry continues to make cuts at Anfield

 

The root-and-branch American review of operations at Liverpool, which was being personally supervised on Merseyside by principal owner John W Henry yesterday, has led to the club ditching its popular weekly club magazine in favour of a monthly publication, to be published by the same London company which produces Manchester United's magazine and match programme.

The Independent understands that Programme Master, which took over the United Review publications from Haymarket in November, will take over the Liverpool titles from 1 July – taking the management out of Liverpool, where Trinity Mirror had previously run it. Staff have been told that Trinity Mirror had lost the rights to maintain production and they may have the chance to apply for their positions. But the monthly format is likely to provide fewer opportunities.

The loss of the weekly publication does demonstrate the scrutiny of costs at all levels at Anfield, where the commercial director Graham Bartlett parted company with the club last month.

Henry, whose Fenway Sports Group dismissed director of football, Damien Comolli, last week, yesterday met manager Kenny Dalglish and held a second meeting in the space of 24 hours with Frank McParland, director of the club's Kirkby academy and one of the last vestiges of the infrastructure created by former manager Rafael Benitez. McParland has told friends that Henry is happy with his work at Kirkby and that there will be more investment. The academy's Under-18s reached the semi-finals of the NextGen European tournament this season, only to lose 6-1 to Ajax in a game which revealed the distance still to travel.

FSG have always cited the academy as a vital part of their "project" at Anfield, with Martin Kelly and Jon Flanagan among those emerging in the early months of Dalglish's second period at the helm. This season has proved more frustrating for those who might have expected to be next. Greater pressure on Dalglish to demonstrate the value of his signings has led to fewer opportunities.

Raheem Sterling and Andre Wisdom are considered two of the prime assets, but Sterling got the last five minutes of this month's home defeat by Wigan Athletic, while Wisdom has yet to feature. A fee of £850,000 was paid for Sporting Lisbon's 19-year-old Joao Teixeira in January, after his strong performance for Sporting Lisbon against Liverpool in the NextGen tournament, though fans still await the chance to see what that fee has bought.

Though Comolli was dismissed because the Americans viewed the £35m transfer fee paid for Andy Carroll to be a poor piece of business, he also took close interest in the academy and was to be found at a surprising number of reserve and academy games for someone of his seniority. Though very different personalities, he and McParland – who began his Liverpool career in the club's community office before Benitez promoted him and brought him back to Anfield from a period at Bolton Wanderers with Sammy Lee – are understood to have enjoyed a good relationship. Dalglish is believed to feel that McParland should remain a part of the Academy set-up.

Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?

Bleacher Report

Daily Quiz
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Day In a Page

Sepp Blatter resignation: The beginning of Fifa's long road to reform?

Does Blatter's departure mean Fifa will automatically clean up its act?

Don't bet on it, says Tom Peck
Charles Kennedy: The baby of the House who grew into a Lib Dem giant

The baby of the House who grew into a Lib Dem giant

Charles Kennedy was consistently a man of the centre-left, dedicated to social justice, but was also a champion of liberty and an opponent of the nanny-state, says Baroness Williams
Syria civil war: The harrowing testament of a five-year-old victim of this endless conflict

The harrowing testament of a five-year-old victim of Syria's endless civil war

Sahar Qanbar lost her mother and brother as civilians and government soldiers fought side by side after being surrounded by brutal Islamist fighters. Robert Fisk visited her
The future of songwriting: How streaming is changing everything we know about making music

The future of songwriting

How streaming is changing everything we know about making music
William Shemin and Henry Johnson: Jewish and black soldiers receive World War I Medal of Honor amid claims of discrimination

Recognition at long last

Jewish and black soldiers who fought in WWI finally receive medals after claims of discrimination
Beating obesity: The new pacemaker which helps over-eaters

Beating obesity

The new pacemaker which helps over-eaters
9 best women's festival waterproofs

Ready for rain: 9 best women's festival waterproofs

These are the macs to keep your denim dry and your hair frizz-free(ish)
Cycling World Hour Record: Nervous Sir Bradley Wiggins ready for pain as he prepares to go distance

Wiggins worried

Nervous Sir Bradley ready for pain as he prepares to attempt cycling's World Hour Record
Liverpool close in on Milner signing

Liverpool close in on Milner signing

Reds baulk at Christian Benteke £32.5m release clause
On your feet! Spending at least two hours a day standing reduces the risk of heart attacks, cancer and diabetes, according to new research

On your feet!

Spending half the day standing 'reduces risk of heart attacks and cancer'
With scores of surgeries closing, what hope is there for the David Cameron's promise of 5,000 more GPs and a 24/7 NHS?

The big NHS question

Why are there so few new GPs when so many want to study medicine?
Big knickers are back: Thongs ain't what they used to be

Thongs ain't what they used to be

Big knickers are back
Thurston Moore interview

Thurston Moore interview

On living in London, Sonic Youth and musical memoirs
In full bloom

In full bloom

Floral print womenswear
From leading man to Elephant Man, Bradley Cooper is terrific

From leading man to Elephant Man

Bradley Cooper is terrific