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Former Everton chief in running for Liverpool FC communications role

by Richard Buxton. Published Tue 11 Dec 2012 09:00, last updated: 11/12/12
Liverpool chairman Tom Werner is looking to appoint a new communications director
Liverpool chairman Tom Werner is looking to appoint a new communications director

Ex-Everton chief Ian Ross is in the running to become Liverpool's new director of communications.

Club owners Fenway Sports Group are currently searching for a successor to Jen Chang, who vacated his post last month, and Ross is understood to have expressed his interest in the position.

Chang had arrived at Anfield as a replacement for the long-standing Ian Cotton in a bid to stem the tide of negative publicity generated by the Luis Suarez racism row last year.

But he left the club by mutual consent after just six months following allegations he had made threats to a supporter behind a fictional Twitter account he believed was leaking information.

Sean Cummins, who was behind the character 'Duncan Jenkins', claimed the then Reds director, who had no prior experience in football, had accused him of costing the club an additional £300,000 in the transfer of Fabio Borini through his tweets about transfer targets.

Chang was also said to have threatened a series of unsavoury actions towards Cummins during a meeting at a Manchester restaurant in August if he did not cease tweeting from the account.

Ross was head of communications at Everton for over a decade but controversially left the club last November after an email exchange, where he appeared to launch a scathing criticism of chief executive Robert Elstone and the club's overall operations, appeared in the public domain.

During the correspondence, which prompted an internal investigation by the Blues, the 56-year-old allegedly likened Goodison Park to "working in a kindergarten", claimed talk of "paranoia" and "financial meltdown" existed within the club and accused Elstone of being "unfit to lead".

He had initially been expected to assume a new role within the club following the furore but was eventually replaced by Paul Tyrrell, who was previously head of media at Liverpool.

Prior to joining Everton in 2001, Ross had enjoyed a 27-year career as a newspaper journalist, first with the Liverpool Echo before writing for The Times, the Daily Telegraph and The Guardian.

Despite the manner of his departure from the club, his reputation as one of the Premier League's toughest press operators remains intact, making him an ideal candidate for the position.

Liverpool have declined to comment on the selection process.

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"At last some common sense from henry and Co....Ian Ross knows what he's doing...get in" Stephen Bridges, kirkby around 2 years ago

"Ian Ross would be a great choice" Terry mcpherson, Liverpool around 2 years ago

 
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