Former Liverpool assistant boss named new Walsall boss

first_img Sean O’Driscoll Walsall have appointed Sean O’Driscoll as their new head coach.The 58-year-old replaces Dean Smith, who left for Brentford earlier this month, and has signed an initial 18-month deal at the League One club.The interim management team of Jon Whitney, Neil Cutler and John Ward will all stay on.O’Driscoll told the club’s official website: “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.“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.”Chairman Jeff Bonser added: “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 and shares the values which lie at the foundation of Walsall Football Club.“Sean ticks all the boxes in terms of the identity, blueprint and ethos that we work towards.“We believe in his ability to advance the football club and enhance our growing reputation as a progressive, forward-thinking organisation and we look forward to working closely with him, in what we hope will be an exciting new chapter at the club.”O’Driscoll has been out of work since leaving Liverpool, where he was assistant manager, in October after Brendan Rodgers’ sacking. Prior to his four months at Anfield O’Driscoll had been England Under-19 manager.He guided Bournemouth to League One in 2003 and earned promotion to the Championship with Doncaster in 2008 – beating Leeds in the play-off final – while O’Driscoll also had brief spells at Nottingham Forest and Bristol City. He worked with former Walsall assistant Richard O’Kelly – who followed Smith to Brentford – at Bournemouth, Doncaster and Bristol City and is understood to have spent time with the Saddlers during O’Kelly’s spell at the Banks’s Stadium.O’Driscoll will take charge for the first time when the Saddlers, third in League One, host Port Vale at the Banks’s Stadium on Sunday.Smith joined Brentford after almost five years in charge at Walsall. 1last_img

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