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Former Ireland international set to become Brendan Rodgers' new assistant

Sean O’Driscoll will be the new Liverpool assistant manager.

Sean O'Driscoll is set to be announced as Liverpool's new assistant manager.
Sean O'Driscoll is set to be announced as Liverpool's new assistant manager.
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AS BRENDAN RODGERS overhauls his backroom staff ahead of the new Premier League season, it is expected that former Ireland international Sean O’Driscoll will be appointed as his new assistant manager.

The former Bournemouth boss is currently working as England U19 head coach and is set to replace Colin Pascoe who was sacked by the Anfield outfit earlier this month.

Pascoe, along with first-team coach Mike Marsh, was let go following a review conducted Liverpool’s owners — Fenway Sports Group — after the club’s disappointing 2014/15 season.

Rodgers is said to be a long-time admirer of O’Driscoll — capped three times by Ireland in the early eighties — and praised the 57-year old back in 2013 when defending the standards of coaching in England.

“The players get the blame in this country. No, it is the coaching. The problem is that the guys who are ’that type’ of coach you never hear of them really.

“Look at Sean O’Driscoll. He is one of the best coaches I have ever come across. He is working at Bristol City. He has never had a chance in the top flight.

“His teams were expressive, had movement, they were technical, but he will probably never get a chance at a higher level.”

His appointment is expected to be confirmed in the coming days.

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