Like many a fine assistant before him, Colin Pascoe dutifully packed up shop at Swansea FC in 2012 to follow Brendan Rodgers to Merseyside. For three seasons he was never far from Rodgers' side, resplendent in a pair of shorts no matter the weather, but Pascoe followed Mike Marsh out the door on Friday after being told he no longer factored into Liverpool's plans for the future.
What exactly those plans are still hasn't been revealed, but they were enough to prevent Brendan Rodgers himself to escape the chop last week after meeting with Ian Ayre and Mike Gordon to discuss his future with the club. Both Marsh and Pascoe were not so lucky, and it's seems a safe bet at this point that a back room reshuffling is in the works at Melwood.
So far, Marsh and Pascoe are the only two first team staffers to have been let go, and if Rodgers plans to rebuild the coaching team around him they may not be the last to be dismissed. Fans have already begun to speculate about the future of goalkeeping coach John Achterberg, who has survived several managerial changes despite frequently suspect performances by his charges between the sticks.
Sometimes in order to rebuild you must destroy, and firing a not insignificant number of first team coaches is certainly one way of doing that. It raises questions as to where blame for Liverpool's poor season might have settled during Rodgers' review last week, and it doesn't sound like it was anywhere near the players themselves. Whether that's of comfort to Liverpool fans, of course, is another story.
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