Mark Leyland has admitted that departing Newcastle United was tougher than his Liverpool exit.
Leyland had been at Liverpool since 2013 until reunited with Magpies boss Eddie Howe, who he worked with at Burnley, in 2021. During the summer, he returned to the North West as he was poached by City Football Group for their Head of Coaching Methodology role.
During his time on Merseyside, Leyland was performance analyst with the Reds and was previously described as an 'incredibly important' member of the backroom staff, by Jurgen Klopp.
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The Liverpool boss admitted that he was allowed to join Newcastle after the club couldn't offer a senior role - which was on offer in the North East.
His 18-month spell with Newcastle saw them move from the foot of the Premier League table to qualifying for the Champions League.
And upon leaving Newcastle in light of their first campaign in the elite European competition for 20 years, he says leaving Howe was 'more difficult as they were just starting the process.
"Leaving Newcastle was probably more difficult than leaving Liverpool because I felt we had just started the process," he told the Training Ground Guru podcast.
"We were just getting started and my relationship with the coaching staff was improving daily. I was understanding more and more what the manager wanted from me.
"I was getting to a process where we were starting to work more efficiently and more effectively. It was a really difficult one.
"I've got three young children now. I decided to leave because it was a strain. The job was all consuming. It was seven days a week.Read on liverpoolecho.co.uk