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Ayre to step down as Liverpool chief executive

Ian Ayre. Credit: PA

Liverpool FC chief executive Ian Ayre is to leave his position at the end of next season.

The 52-year-old has been in his current role since 2013, having previously been managing director and commercial director in a nine-year spell at Anfield, but has decided to step down at the end of his contract in May 2017.

The club's owners Fenway Sports Group (FSG) tried to persuade him to reverse his decision without success.

"Ian advised us of his intention to step down as CEO a few months ago," said a joint statement from FSG principal owner John W Henry, chairman, Tom Werner and president Mike Gordon.

"We asked him on several occasions to take some time to reconsider his decision but have been unable to convince him to remain as CEO beyond May of 2017."

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Milner penalty puts Liverpool in front against Augsburg

Milner celebrates his early goal. Credit: PA

Liverpool are on course to reach the Europa League last 16 thanks to a 5th minute penalty from James Milner.

The midfielder slotted coolly past Augsburg stopper Marwin Hitz after Dominik Kohr was harshly judged to have handled in the area.

An entertaining opening period saw chances at either end with the Bundesliga side threatening to breach Liverpool's back four on several occasions.

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