Liverpool have today confirmed on their official website that under-23 head coach Neil Critchley has left to take control of Blackpool.
The 41-year-old has spent six-and-a-half years at Anfield producing some quality youngsters within the academy setup.
Critchley has held a number of positions within the Liverpool academy and was tasked with taking charge of the first-team twice this season.
He oversaw a 5-0 defeat over Aston Villa in the Carabao Cup and knocked Shrewsbury Town out of the FA Cup.
Critchley is the latest academy coach to head from Liverpool to take on a senior role with another club.
Steven Gerrard, Michael Beale and Mike Marsh have all progressed into first-team roles in the past.
Blackpool are 13th in League One and beat Ipswich Town 2-1 at Bloomfield Road on Saturday.
The Tangerines are currently 13 points off a play-off place in the third tier and Critchley will hope to revive the club’s fortunes.
Following news of his departure, Liverpool fans have taken to Twitter to offer their best wishes.
Here is a selection of tweets from supporters as Critchley leaves the club.
Nooooo. Didn't see this coming at all. Good luck Neil.
— ?6️⃣ (@chielinilookout) March 2, 2020
He'll be missed, best of luck!
— ???? ?? (@AlexFtbl) March 2, 2020
Big loss but good luck to him?
— An (@RoyalANfield) March 2, 2020
A big loss as he’s clearly a talented and well-liked member of the coaching staff and did very well against Shrewsbury.
But too good an opportunity for him to turn down. Best of luck Neil.
— Laurie (@LFCLaurie) March 2, 2020
Seemed like a class guy. All the best to him – YNWA
— LP (@peerso2001) March 2, 2020
This is an outstanding appointment for the Seasiders…
— Steve Lukas (@deluca2223) March 2, 2020
Just read the article about Blackpool sniffing around Critch.
I wish him luck – he has done a wonderful job and earned his move.#YNWA
— Michael Bisset (@MJBisset_96) March 2, 2020
Get him a statue
— ??♂️ (@shftblv2) March 2, 2020
Massive loss that. Wish him all the best
— Gibbs? (@FtblGibbs) March 2, 2020
Oh no gutted, he did amazing job. Every success in the new job.
— Catherine (@Catherine_JFT96) March 2, 2020