Belfast Telegraph

Pascoe and Marsh leave Anfield

Liverpool assistant manager Colin Pascoe and coach Mike Marsh became the first victims of the club's desire to rectify the mistakes of last season after both lost their jobs yesterday.

Pascoe still had 12 months left on his contract but former Reds midfielder Marsh's deal had expired and it was not renewed.

Chairman Tom Werner, Fenway Sports Group president Mike Gordon and manager Brendan Rodgers held their end-of-season debrief on Tuesday and Press Association Sport understands it was at that meeting it was mutually agreed to dispense with Pascoe, a close friend of Rodgers who arrived with him from Swansea in 2012.

It was at that get-together that all parties agreed to a "comprehensive plan for improvement" - the first part of which was to reshape the backroom staff.

In the wake of the news of Marsh's departure earlier on Friday speculation had begun over who would replace him.

Former players Sami Hyypia, the ex-Bayer Leverkusen and Brighton manager, and Bolo Zenden, who served as interim assistant manager to Rafael Benitez at Chelsea in the 2012-13 season, were two early names suggested, and after Pascoe's exit the list will grow.

Recently-retired defender Jamie Carragher had been tipped to move into coaching when he quit two years before deciding to become a television pundit while departing captain Steven Gerrard - who has been offered a role at the club when he returns from the United States - is taking his coaching badges but has an 18-month playing contract with Los Angeles Galaxy to fulfil first.

Another name already mentioned is that of Pako Ayesteran, who worked as Benitez's assistant for the first three years of his reign at Anfield - which took in their 2005 Champions League victory - who has just left Maccabi Tel Aviv after guiding them to an unprecedented treble in the Israeli League.

The club could, of course, recruit from within but one of the criticisms aimed at Rodgers during his difficult run of results last season was that there was a lack of experienced personnel in his backroom staff.

Planning for next season continues on the pitch with the club continuing to scour the market for summer bargains with Bolton's out-of-contract goalkeeper Adam Bogdan under consideration.

Rodgers wants to bring in someone to challenge Simon Mignolet, who regained the number one spot in December after briefly being dropped following a number of unconvincing performances.

Brad Jones's contract has expired and the only other goalkeeper in the first-team squad is Wales Under-21 international Danny Ward.

Bodgan is set to leave Bolton after reportedly not responding to the club's offer of an improved contract.

At 27-years-old and with 19 caps for Hungary, with whom he is currently on international duty, he is a player Liverpool are interested in.

"I am confident that soon will decide my fate," he told Nemzeti Sport back in his homeland.

"My goal is to play at a higher level but it also depends on where you get a chance.

"We'll see, everything is decided in the next week or two."

The Reds have already agreed a deal to sign Manchester City midfielder James Milner, who becomes a free agent at the end of the month, and are also at an advanced stage in talks with England Under-21 striker Danny Ings, whose contract with Burnley expires on June 30.

Ings will command a fee in compensation because of his age but Liverpool are hoping to agree a suitable deal with the Clarets for between £5million and £6million - otherwise the valuation will be made by a tribunal.


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