Gary O'Neil Lands Coaching Role at Liverpool

  • August 10, 2020 | By Chris Mann
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Gary O'Neil has landed his first major coaching role, after he was appointed assistant coach of Liverpool under-23s.

O'Neil, who won multiple Player of the Year awards during his solitary campaign with Wanderers in 2018/19, had planned to continue playing last season but suffered a ruptured Achilles tendon which effectively forced him into retirement.

The 37-year-old recently opened his own academy in the Bromley area of Kent but admits the opportunity to work for the reigning Premier League, UEFA Champions League and FIFA Club World Cup champions was impossible to turn down.

"I've been desperate to get going," O'Neil told

"It's been going on for a little while and obviously with the break and the Academy having to take an even longer break than the first team, I've had to wait a little while. But now it's finally come around and I'm really excited and can't wait to get going.

"I was still playing and was planning to keep playing because I thought I had a good few years left in me because I was at Bolton the season before last.

"I had a good year and won the Player of the Year there. Then just as I was trying to find a club that summer, I ended up rupturing my Achilles tendon.

"I had already been been in dialogue with Alex Inglethorpe about the Academy and I popped up to have a chat.

"I've done all my coaching badges and have known I'd wanted to go that way for a very long time. I think I've made no secret of the fact that I want to manage eventually, and when Liverpool speak to you about a job there's only one answer you give generally - and that was a very quick yes!

"I've worked with some fantastic managers, taken lots of bits from different people and tried to learn.

"I figured out at an early age - maybe mid-20s - that I wanted to manage and coach at some point, so I started to take bits from different people and then try to mould it into my own way.

"But I still have an awful lot to learn. So the fact that I'm going into a place like Liverpool to learn off the guys there and to be able to work with some fantastic young players is an amazing opportunity for me, and hopefully I can pass on some of my knowledge and experiences to the boys."

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