Liverpool's new men
Published 06/07/2015 | 11:11
Liverpool have named Sean O'Driscoll as their new assistant manager and elevated Pepijn Lijnders to the role of first-team development coach as part of a shake-up of Brendan Rodgers' backroom staff.
Here, Press Association Sport looks at the two new men.
:: O'Driscoll, 58, has spent 36 years in the professional game as a player and coach. He started his playing career at Fulham in 1979 and moved to Bournemouth five years later. He went on to make a then record 423 league appearances for the Cherries before joining their coaching staff after his retirement in 1995.
:: O'Driscoll, who even started work as a physio at Bournemouth while still a player, was elevated to manager at Dean Court in 2000. He guided them to a promotion in 2003 before joining Doncaster in 2006. He has since managed Crawley, Nottingham Forest, Bristol City and England Under-19s.
:: At Doncaster, O'Driscoll won the Johnstone's Paint Trophy and promotion to the Championship. Committed to a fluid style, he maintained their position in that division before leaving in 2011.
:: His spell in charge of Forest lasted just five months before he was surprisingly sacked on Boxing Day 2012 with his side just a point outside the Championship play-off places and having beaten Leeds 4-2 earlier in the day. He quickly moved on to Bristol City but his reputation took a knock as he failed to avoid relegation to League One and left less than four months into the following season.
:: He said after his departure from Forest: "I don't think you fear something like that happening, because you go into every job in football knowing that you will ultimately get the sack."
:: O'Driscoll, who won three caps for the Republic of Ireland, is nicknamed 'Noisy' for his quiet, studious manner.
:: In November 2008, O'Driscoll first crossed paths with Rodgers. His Bristol City side played out a 1-1 draw with Rodgers' Watford.
:: Dutchman Lijnders, 32, previously held roles at PSV Eindhoven, for five seasons, and FC Porto, for seven, before taking on a job at Liverpool's Academy last year. He has impressed the club in his season in charge of the under-16s side, showing a desire to play to attractive, attacking football.
:: At Porto he worked with all age-group sides from under-sixes through to first team. When moving to Merseyside he said Liverpool were one of the "few clubs in Europe with more history and tradition than FC Porto".