Ex-Liverpool boss sacked after 12 Championship matches


The ex-Liverpool staffer has paid the price for overseeing a streak of poor results

Neil Critchley, QPR

Former Liverpool academy manager Neil Critchley has been sacked from his role at Queens Park Rangers just two months after being appointed by the Championship club.

Critchley, who was confirmed in December as a replacement for former Liverpool staff Michael Beale, who left the Championship side for Rangers, won his opening game against Preston but has failed in 11 games since. Failed to get a second win.

After Critchley's only win as manager, QPR sit in the play-offs but are now closer to the relegation zone than the top six, underlining the sharp decline in performance levels. The decline was so severe that the 44-year-old has now been released from his duties. His assistants Ian Brunskill and Mike Garrity, who also previously worked at Liverpool, have also quitted their role.

Critchley, whose previous role in football was at Aston Villa, resigned as Blackpool manager last June to become part of Steven Gerrard's backroom staff. However, his time at the West Midlands club was short-lived, lasting only until Villa parted ways with Gerrard in October.

Before that, he gained seven years of managerial experience through the Reds' youth system and had two chances in Jurgen Klopp's squad for Qatar FIFA in 2019/20. Coached the first team during the Club World Cup.

Critchley ended his association with Liverpool in 2020, taking charge of Blackpool and leading the Seasiders to promotion in his first season in charge. Among the players who have helped the team return to the Championship is former Reds - Matty Virtue, who was reunited with Critchley at Bloomfield Road.


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