Neil Critchley today left Liverpool to take over at League One outfit Blackpool as their new first-team manager.
The 41-year-old had served the Reds with distinction during his six-and-a-half years at the club.
He leaves his role as the club’s under-23 boss having nurtured several players onto the path towards first-team stardom.
Just hours after his appointment was announced by Blackpool he has been sent a welcome message on Twitter by the club captain.
The occupant of the armband is Bloomfield Road is Jay Spearing, a man who is no stranger to Liverpool fans.
The 31-year-old came through the academy ranks at Anfield. He made 55 appearances for the Reds, leaving permanently for Bolton in 2013.
Shortly after Critchley’s appointment, he took to Twitter to welcome the new boss into his role.
— Jay Spearing (@Jay8Spearing) March 2, 2020
Spearing hasn’t been playing lately and has managed just 12 minutes during the last four games.
Critchley might look to lean on his experience as he settles into his first senior management role.
The experienced defensive midfielder will probably remain as the captain and it will be interesting to see whether he restores Spearing to the first-team picture.
With Blackpool 13 points away from the play-offs, he might have to look towards next season for success.
It will give the ex-Liverpool coach ample time to get to grips with first-team football, however, and it’ll be interesting to see what he can achieve.