Liverpool are set to appoint England Under 19 head coach Sean O’Driscoll as their new assistant manager according to The Guardian.
The Reds boss is without any number two since the departure of former assistant manager Colin Pascoe earlier this June as a result of a disappointing season.
Rodgers is expected to install O’Driscoll, who is currently the England U19’s manager, as his new assistant before the club set off on their pre-season tour of Australia and the Far East on July 12.
The Northern Irishman is a known admirer of O’Driscoll after speaking highly of him back in October 2013 when an issue surrounding the standard of English players and coaches was a hot topic in the media:
“Look at Sean O’Driscoll. He is one of the best coaches I have ever come across. He is working at Bristol City. He has never had a chance in the top flight,” he began, as per The Guardian.
“His teams were expressive, had movement, they were technical, but he will probably never get a chance at a higher level,” Rodgers said almost two years ago.
O’Driscoll, a former Bournemouth and Doncaster Rovers manager, has emerged as their leading choice to replace Colin Pascoe, who was sacked along with the first-team coach Mike Marsh this month.
The 57-year-old’s move to Anfield has not been finalised but is set to go through before Liverpool embark on a pre-season tour of Australia and the Far East on 12 July. The team report back for training at Melwood next Monday.
O’Driscoll, who was capped by the Republic of Ireland as a player but was born in Wolverhampton, spent six years in charge of Bournemouth, five at Doncaster and also had brief spells at Crawley Town, Nottingham Forest and Bristol City before his move to the FA.
He is now 9 months in charge of the English under 19 side.
Liverpool have done brilliantly to sign players this summer and now looking to seal the deal to get a great assistant manager now.