Complete Guide to Brendan Rodgers' Liverpool Backroom Staff

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Complete Guide to Brendan Rodgers' Liverpool Backroom Staff
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Much to talk about: Pascoe and Rodgers deep in conversation

When Liverpool brought Swansea City head coach Brendan Rodgers to Merseyside to replace Kenny Dalglish in the Anfield hot seat last June, the Reds also managed to secure deals totaling £7 million for three of the Northern Irishman’s key lieutenants as part of the compensation package agreed with the Swans.

What is more, Rodgers then returned to South Wales last October to poach a fourth critical member from his coaching setup at the Liberty stadium to go alongside his previous swoops for Colin Pascoe, Chris Davies and Glen Driscoll, with Ryland Morgans also agreeing to move to the Reds.

These four coaches then joined those members of staff who were already in place at Anfield under Dalglish to form Rodgers’ completed backroom staff, and we at Bleacher Report are here to give you a guide to each member of his team:

 

Assistant Manager: Colin Pascoe
A former Wales international who represented the Red Dragon on 10 occasions between 1988 and 1989, the midfield player also turned out for the likes of Swansea and Sunderland during a 15-year playing career, and actually made his Swans debut against Liverpool at Anfield on his 18th birthday in 1983.

Pascoe started his coaching career in the Principality under then Swansea manager Kenny Jackett.  He also served under Roberto Martinez and Paolo Sousa before Rodgers promoted him to assistant manager.

First Team Coach: Mike Marsh
Marsh is a former Liverpool midfield player who represented the club in more than 100 appearances between 1987 and 1993, scoring six goals in the process, before going on to also play for the West Ham United, Coventry City and Galatasaray, among others.

After hanging up his boots in 2003, Marsh then went into coaching and he returned to Anfield as part of the Academy setup, being given responsibility for the U16s and then the U18s, before being promoted to first-team coach by Rodgers after his appointment as manager.

Performance Analyst: Glen Driscoll
Driscoll made his mark at Chelsea working in a variety of different roles under a whole host of managers between 2003 and 2011.

Initially, he was head of medicine, first with the club’s youth setup before progressing to work with the first-team squad.

However, when Avram Grant took over from Jose Mourinho at Stamford Bridge in 2007, the Israeli moved Driscoll to work as the Blues’ first-team conditioning coach, a role he kept under both Guus Hiddink and then Carlo Ancelotti.

On recruiting Driscoll last summer, Rodgers was effusive in his praise of his colleague, saying: "He was head of medical at Chelsea, but what is unique about Glen is that he also has a strong background in football conditioning.

"So we are getting someone who has experience in both fields and his role will be to look at performance outside the field."

Opposition Analyst: Chris Davies
A one-time Wales Under-17, U18 and U19 international, Davies was also captain of the Reading youth team while Rodgers was manager of the Royals, before going on to take a sports and exercise science degree at Loughborough University.

His exact role at Anfield is to study opposing teams’ tactics and organisation, which he then feeds back to Rodgers and the Liverpool first-team players via a series of reports and presentations.

When Rodgers was appointed Swansea boss in 2010, Davies recalled that, "I was straight on the phone to him.

"He taught me my trade, not just as a player but also as a person. He taught all the young players life lessons as well.

"By that I mean how to conduct yourself in a professional and responsible manner off the pitch."

Head of Sports Medicine and Sports Science: Ryland Morgans
Rodgers returned to his old stomping ground last October in order to lure Morgans, Swansea’s head of fitness and sports science, to Merseyside.

The Welshman decided to leave the Liberty in order to “develop his career elsewhere” after new Swans manager Michael Laudrup brought in his own man, Oscar Garcia, to take over his role in South Wales.

Prior to Swansea, Morgans carried out the same job at Fulham before moving to the Principality in 2010 in order to work at his hometown club.  He has also been used in this capacity by Wales managers Gary Speed and Chris Coleman.

After being appointed, Driscoll said of colleague: "Ryland is excellent on the pitch and I think the players have immediately seen a massive difference in what he can give Liverpool and the levels he can take the club too.

"From a professional perspective, he's in line with the methodologies, he worked with Brendan for two years and that's important. I've built up a really good relationship with Ryland, so I'm excited to be working with him. He's really got an exceptional CV and experience in football. He is someone who can definitely improve us in this area and take us on.

"He'll be in charge of taking warm up and physical sessions and basically help run the science department, linking in with myself, the medical team and the manager. He'll ultimately provide a service which I think will be really beneficial for Liverpool."

Dave McDonough: Head of Technical Analysis
Appointed by previous manager Rafa Benitez.

Reserve Team Fitness Coach: Gonzalo Rodriguez
Rodriguez was first brought to the club by former manager Benitez to work alongside reserve-team boss Ablett as a fitness coach, Rodriguez is a former professional handball player who represented Spain at youth level.

Goalkeeping Coach: John Achterberg
One-time Utrecht, PSV Eindhoven and Tranmere goalkeeper, after hanging up his gloves the Dutchman then joined Liverpool in June 2009 as the club’s goalkeeping coach to both the reserves and academy shot stoppers, before then being promoted in the summer of 2011 to first-team goalkeeping coach.

Chief Scout: Vacant

Director of Football Strategy: Vacant

Assistant Chief Scout: Mike McGlynn

Head of Academy Coaching: Rodolfo Borrell

Under 21s Manager: Alex Inglethorpe

Director of Player Development and Academy Manager: Frank McParland

Club Doctor: Zaf Iqbal

Phil Coles: Head of Physical Therapies

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Senior Physiotherapist: Rob Price

Senior Physiotherapist: Andrew Nealon

Physiotherapist: Chris Morgan

Reserves Physiotherapist: Matt Konopinski

Sports Therapist: Felix Fernandez Ledesma

Masseur: Paul Small

Masseur: Sylvan Richardson

Kit Manager: Graham Carter

 

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