Liverpool's managing director Ian Ayre has stressed new boss Brendan Rodgers will have a "big impact" in terms of the structure of the club.
In addition to their search for a new manager owners Fenway Sports Group have sought to change the framework under which both football operations and also the business side operates.
They dispensed with director of football Damien Comolli in April and initially planned to replace him with a new figure but with both Rodgers and Wigan boss Roberto Martinez, an unsuccessful contender for the job, refusing to answer to one person in such a role the plan has been diluted somewhat.
Now there will be a number of people employed to fulfil the duties of a sporting director and Rodgers seems happy with the way it has been explained to him.
"The structure - and Brendan is aware of this - is a more continental director of football-type structure, a collaborative group of people working around the football area," said Ayre.
"We don't envisage at this moment in time having a director of football per se but a group of people working with Brendan to deliver the football side of it.
"It is a whole range of people with a range of skill sets and Brendan will have a big impact into that."
Ayre denied that new signings not identified by the new manager would be imposed on the team.
"It is not a signing by committee, it is an analysis by committee," he added.
"But it is certainly not a structure where we would force any player on the manager, as an example.
"It is a very typical continental style with a collaborative of people qualified across various different areas of the football business working the best together for Brendan to be able to do his job."
Ayre also defended the way the club had gone about their search for a replacement for Kenny Dalglish, sacked just over two weeks ago after his team finished eighth in the Premier League, 17 points adrift of the top four.
"There was a process and it was right to have a process to find the right person for the profile we picked," he said.
"Brendan was always at the forefront of that thinking, evidenced by the fact we asked Swansea very early on.
"He was the only person we made an offer to. We got the person we wanted.
"It's fair to say we considered many people because that's what you should do, you try to understand how any individual fits with the profile you have set.
"Roberto (Martinez) was one of the people in that process. We went through that with a lot of people, people that the public were not aware of.
"Some people decided to say they were in the process but they weren't.
"It was all about understanding individuals and matching their skill-sets with the profile.
"Brendan was at the forefront of that and at the outcome of it and that was exactly what we wanted."