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Liverpool appoint new assistant manager

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Sean O’Driscoll takes over from Colin Pascoe

Liverpool Football Club have confirmed on their official website that Sean O’Driscoll will be the club’s new assistant manager, whilst Pepijn Lijnders has also been appointed to the first-team coaching set-up.

The Reds‘ board sacked two coaching members at the end of last season, despite keeping Brendan Rodgers as manager, and assistant manager Colin Pascoe was one of the men to lose their job.

O’Driscoll will be the club’s new assistant manager to Rodgers, whilst Lijnders will be in control of a new role at the club after impressing at academy level. He will be the new first team development coach.

When talking about his arrival, O’Driscoll revealed his delight at getting to work alongside Rodgers at Anfield.

O’Driscoll Statements

O’Driscoll said: “I am excited to be joining one of the world’s most iconic football clubs. The hallmark of any successful club is its culture and that comes from the people who work there, from the chief executive and first-team manager to those people behind the scenes whose faces may not be known but who are the lifeblood of the club.

“From the moment I drove into Melwood last week and was greeted by Kenny the gateman, I could not have been made to feel more welcome. If you are going to have any level of success these people are as crucial as the players; from my experiences so far it is clear everyone wants to help this club succeed.”

Discussing O’Driscoll and his appointment, Rodgers also spoke to the club’s official website and revealed his delight at bringing in such an experienced coach.

Rodgers said: “I have made these appointments because I want to take us in a new technical direction, in terms of coaching.

“I believe the entire first-team set-up will benefit and I am extremely positive and excited about what we can achieve, as a group, going forward.

“My admiration for Sean, as a professional, is well documented. He is someone with a clear vision and philosophy and has proved he has the ability to transfer that knowledge, through his coaching, to the players.

“I am looking forward to working with him and also learning from his experiences and gaining valuable knowledge from his expertise.”

As for Lijnders, he also revealed his delight at his promotion within the club from academy level to first-team.

Lijnders Statements

He said: “I feel proud and honoured to work closely with Brendan and his staff. I couldn’t think of a better attacking manager to assist.

“Everybody knows how I feel about representing this amazing club. The owners have a clear and strong philosophy which is based on developing top young players into elite – I want to thank them for giving me this opportunity.

“I had a great first year at the Liverpool FC Academy; Alex [Inglethorpe] and his coaching staff are creating something unique there. Again, I am proud to be part of the team and we will give everything.”

Rodgers was also delighted at seeing the coach step up to the first-team.

The manager said: “This presents a fantastic opportunity for Pep and one I know he will grasp with both hands.

“He has excelled at the Academy and I believe this is the perfect time for him to make the step up to the first-team set-up and use his talents for the benefit of the senior squad.

“Pep displays a passion and enthusiasm for his profession that is truly infectious and I believe will have a positive impact.”

Written by Alex Batt – @AlexBatt

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