Liverpool have been linked with a number of names as potential successors for Colin Pascoe, but a surprise name is set join the club as Brendan Rodgers' assistant manager. Sean O'Driscoll is the current England Under-19 head coach and will soon leave that post to take up a position in Rodgers' coaching team, according to a report in The Guardian. Liverpool have been full of surprising and quick moves over the past week, and this seems to be another one.
After Mike Marsh and Colin Pascoe were relieved of their duties earlier in the month, many Liverpool fans speculated on who would replace them. Former players and former staff members were linked with a return to the club, and there was a feeling that greater experience and status within the game was sought to assist Rodgers. This would not only freshen an approach on the training field, but also provide a manager, who has shown talent during his three seasons at the club, with time to focus on getting the most out of his players.
O'Driscoll has managed clubs himself with a lengthy stints at Bournemouth and Doncaster Rovers, but his last two managerial spells before managing the England Under-19s weren't successful with just 26 games at Nottingham Forest and 44 games at Bristol City before being sacked from both roles. Being a clever and successful assistant manager is different to being a manager so this could be a move that works out well for Rodgers, O'Driscoll, and Liverpool.
To be honest, it's hard to make any sweeping or definitive judgements at this stage. It does seem that Rodgers is heavily involved in picking the coaching set-up, and combined with the rumours of Mike Marsh's likely replacement, this looks like a new Brendan Rodgers team.
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