England under-19 coach Sean O’Driscoll is set to leave his current role and join up with Liverpool after manager Brendan Rodgers targeted him as his ideal number two, the Daily Express reports.
O’Driscoll is already a well respected figure in the lower levels of English football, having managed sides like Doncaster Rovers, Crawley Town, Nottingham Forest and Bristol City.
And he is now set to be a part of the new back room set up at Anfield as the club look to replace Colin Pascoe and Mike Marsh, who were relieved of their duties at the end of last season.
Under 16s academy coach Pepijn Lijnders is also being promoted to a senior role, and there could yet be more additions following O’Driscoll.
Having linked up with the Football Association last September to take charge of the England U19s, he was singled out by Rodgers as one of the brightest coaches in the country despite having never been given the opportunity to ply his trade at the top level.
“The problem is that the guys who are ‘that type’ of [expansive] coach, you never hear of them really,” said Rodgers. “Look at Sean O’Driscoll. He is one of the best coaches I have ever come across.
“He has never had a chance in the top flight. His teams were expressive, had movement, they were technical, but he will probably never get a chance at a higher level.”
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