Liverpool FC have today confirmed the appointments of Sean O’Driscoll and Pep Lijnders, with another new coach to follow…
Liverpool’s new-look backroom team is taking shape as the players begin to return to Melwood for pre-season training.
Former Doncaster Rovers, Nottingham Forest and England U19 boss Sean O’Driscoll has been officially unveiled as the club’s new assistant manager, while Dutchman Pep Lijnders is promoted to a newly created first team development coach position.
Both men begin work in the roles today and their appointments signal a change in coaching direction at the club, according to manager Brendan Rodgers.
“I have made these appointments because I want to take us in a new technical direction, in terms of coaching,” remarked the Northern Irishman in quotes published by the official club website.
“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.”
Of O’Driscoll, 58, Rodgers commented: “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.”
O’Driscoll, who has also been in charge of Bristol City and AFC Bournemouth, takes over from Colin Pascoe, who was sacked at the end of last season, but Lijnders isn’t a direct replacement for the departed Mike Marsh, as previously speculated.
A successor for the former Reds midfielder, whose contract wasn’t renewed when it expired last month, will be confirmed in due course.
Lijnders, who previously coached at U16 level, steps up to the senior squad but will continue to work on a one-to-one basis with the best Academy youngsters.
“This presents a fantastic opportunity for Pep,” added Rodgers. “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.”
Lijnders held roles at PSV Eindhoven and FC Porto prior to joining Liverpool in 2014.
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