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SEAN O'DRISCOLL: IN PROFILE

18 December 2015

Find out more about the Saddlers' new Head Coach...

New Walsall Head Coach Sean O’Driscoll has a wealth of experience, having managed over 600 competitive matches with five different clubs.

Wolverhampton-born O’Driscoll enjoyed an 18-year playing career as a midfielder for Willenhall, Alvechurch, Fulham and Bournemouth.

Capped three times by the Republic of Ireland, the 58-year-old spent 11 years with the Cherries and made a then-club record 423 league appearances.

After hanging up his boots, O’Driscoll joined Bournemouth’s coaching staff and later became manager in August 2000.

He spent six years with the South Coast club, winning promotion from the Third Division via the Play-offs in 2002/03.

O’Driscoll’s next managerial position came with Doncaster, where he won the 2007 Football League Trophy and achieved promotion to the Championship in 2008.

He consolidated Rovers in the second-tier over the next three seasons before leaving the Club in September 2011.

Following a brief spell at Crawley, O’Driscoll spent six months with Nottingham Forest and later managed Bristol City - his last management role.

Since then, he has coached the England U19s side and been assistant-manager at Liverpool.

Described as “an outstanding coach” by current Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe, O’Driscoll has a reputation for producing teams who play attractive passing football.

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