Sean O'Driscoll takes charge of Walsall on 18-month contract

Sean O'Driscoll, manager of England U19s looks on before the U19 International friendly match between England and Italy
Image: Sean O'Driscoll's first match in charge will be in front of the Sky Sports cameras against Port Vale on Sunday

Sean O'Driscoll has been appointed head coach of League One Walsall on an 18-month contract.

O'Driscoll, who has previously had spells in charge of Bournemouth, Doncaster, Nottingham Forest and Bristol City, succeeds Dean Smith who left last month to take charge of Brentford.

The 58-year-old resigned his role with England U19s to join Liverpool as assistant manger in July but left the position in October following Brendan Rodgers' departure.

He will be assisted at the Bescot Stadium by a backroom team of Jon Whitney, Neil Cutler and John Ward.

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"The culture of the club was the main attraction more than anything else and what everybody at the football club have tried to build in the last few years," said O'Driscoll.

"I said to the chairman and the board of directors that in football it's very rare that you get to contribute towards developing a culture and philosophy. I've watched Walsall in the last two or three seasons and I've been entertained every time.

"There is an exciting project here and I'm relishing the opportunity to play my part in seeing that project through."

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Saddlers chairman Jeff Bonser said: "We are delighted that Sean has agreed to join us as our new head coach.

"We believe he is the right man for the job and will maintain the club's philosophy of producing young players and playing attractive football.

"He has already experienced success at this level with Bournemouth and Doncaster Rovers and shares the values which lie at the foundation of Walsall Football Club."

O'Driscoll's first match in charge will by Sunday's clash with Port Vale, which is live on Sky Sports

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