Sean O'Driscoll to join Liverpool as assistant manager

Sean O'Driscoll
Image: Sean O'Driscoll : Heading to Anfield

Liverpool are reported to be close to appointing England U19s head coach Sean O'Driscoll as assistant manager.

The former Bournemouth, Nottingham Forest and Bristol City manager will replace Colin Pascoe, who left the club earlier this month.

Liverpool also did not renew the contract of first-team coach Mike Marsh following a far-reaching end-of-season review after the club failed to secure their pre-season target - a Champions League place - following a sixth-place finish.

O'Driscoll has visited the club's Melwood training ground to take in some of the coaching sessions and his appointment is expected to be confirmed before Liverpool embark on a pre-season tour of Australia and Asia on July 12. The team report for pre-season training on Monday, July 6.

Liverpool are also expected to promote academy coach Pepijn Lijnders from the U16s team before the start of the new campaign.

O'Driscoll has been England U19 manager since September 3, 2014. He spent the majority of his playing days at Bournemouth, making 423 appearances before returning as manager on the south coast between 2000 and 2006.

He then spent five years at Doncaster, steering them to promotion into the Championship in his first season at Belle Vue.

Spells at Crawley Town, Nottingham Forest and Bristol City then followed before his switch to England last year.

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