Liverpool have today confirmed on their official website that under-23 head coach Neil Critchley has left to take control of League One outfit 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 actually took charge of the first-team twice this season.
He oversaw a 5-0 defeat over Aston Villa in the Carabao Cup and more recently knocked Shrewsbury Town out of the FA Cup 1-0.
Critchley is the latest in a long line of academy coaches to head off to take on senior roles.
Steven Gerrard, Michael Beale and Mike Marsh have all advanced into first-team roles with Critchley the latest.
Blackpool are 13th in League One having beaten 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 probably start planning towards next season.
It will be an interesting move for the former Liverpool man. Producing the goods in the under-23 setup is one thing but first-team football will provide a real test.
Since heading for Rangers, Gerrard has signed a couple of Liverpool youngsters on loan and it’ll be interesting to see if Critchley does the same.
He has clearly got the best out of several members of the current under-23s and next season could see him take some of them on loan.
That could be ideal as youngsters will get to play regular men’s football under a coach they know and that can only benefit Liverpool.
Having worked wonders with the academy, Reds supporters will surely send Critchley on his way with their best wishes.