Umpteen times Brendan Rodgers has said in his pressers that he is restricted in making signings as there is a “TRANSFER COMMITTEE” and there is “a certain model” under which Rodgers has to work.
It was said that Brendan Rodgers was just one member of the much hyped “5-member transfer committee” comprising Ian Ayre, Mike Gordon, Dave Fallows, Barry Hunter and Brendan Rodgers. But,Liverpool chief Ian Ayre has said that “Brendan Rodgers had final say on transfers” as he played down the very existence of “transfer committee” the first word and the last word on transfers was triggered by Brendan Rodgers, says Ayre.
Speaking in Dublin, Ayre says, “Brendan had the final say on all the players we signed. There’s only one person that has the final say over what players at Liverpool Football Club and that’s Jurgen Klopp right now.That’s always been the case for as long as I’ve been here.”
Ayre has also denied the myth of Transfer Committee. He says, “The words ‘transfer committee’ I think got used once and became this idea that we all sit round a table and have a vote on every player we sign. That couldn’t be further from the truth’’.
“The point that has been made about the committee, and I don’t think we did anything any different to most football clubs, is that the manager will say we are looking for somebody in this position and a bunch of people – a mix of traditional scouts and more recently analytical and digital-based information – bring all of that together as was always the case.”
Ayre further explained, “Then we look at two, three, four players, the best players for that position, show them to the manager and the manager can go watch or have the scouts go watch those players and narrow it down. At that point I’ll become more involved and start talking to clubs, agents, players on a negotiations basis and then the manager will choose. That’s never changed. I’ve been at the football club eight years.”