Former Bournemouth boss Sean O’Driscoll is set to be named as Liverpool assistant manager after leaving his position as head coach of the England under-19 team.
The 58-year-old will take over the role which Colin Pascoe left at the end of the season after the Reds hierarchy decided to have a shake-up of the club backroom staff. First team coach Mike Marsh also left the club as part of the changes.
Dutch coach Pep Lijnders will be promoted from his position as academy coach to work with the first team in the new campaign, but is also likely to work with the elite development squad. Lijnders previously worked with the Reds under-16 team. Both will be in their new roles by the time pre-season kicks-off.
O’Driscoll has a wealth of coaching and managerial experience. He started his managerial career in 2000 with former club Bournemouth. Since then the former Republic of Ireland international has managed Doncaster, Crawley Town, Nottingham Forest and Bristol City.
O’Driscoll is greatly respected in coaching circles, despite his nickname of ‘Noisy’ for being quiet during his playing days. He gained credit for his coaching ability while managing the likes of Bournemouth and Doncaster.
Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers is expected to appoint another first team coach before the season kicks-off in August. Former Reds centre-back and former Brighton boss Sami Hyypia has been mooted as a possible new addition to the set-up at Anfield.
The changes in the Reds coaching staff have come following the clubs end of season review and last season’s disappointing sixth-place finish.
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