Liverpool first team coach Mike Marsh to leave the club

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Liverpool first team coach Mike Marsh will be made the fall guy for the failings of last season and will leave the club this summer.

ANFIELD, ENGLAND - Friday, August 22, 2014: Liverpool's first team coach Mike Marsh before the Under 21 FA Premier League match against Manchester United at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Marsh, who played for the club from 1989 to 1993, won’t have his contract renewed this summer.

He joined the club as part of the coaching team at the academy in 2009 under Rafa Benitez’s reign and was promoted to the first-team coaching staff upon Brendan Rodgers’ appointment three years ago.

Born in Kirkby, where the club’s academy is based, Marsh provided a local voice among the staff. Upon his appointment, Rodgers said: “For me, it is very important to have people with the sort of root of Liverpool in their heart, the soul of the club.”

HARVARD, USA - Thursday, July 24, 2014: Liverpool's manager Brendan Rodgers with first team coach Mike Marsh and assistant manager Colin Pascoe during a preseason training session at the Harvard Stadium in Boston on day four of the club's USA Tour. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

It’s reported that assistant manager Colin Pascoe and goalkeeping coach John Achterberg will both remain in their positions.

A replacement for Marsh has not been reported as yet and it will be interesting to see who the club appoint, but it’s expected they will appoint more experienced coach(es) to assist Rodgers.

“It is likely Liverpool will now look to bring in another ex-player to bolster their backroom team,” writes Paul Joyce.

We discussed the need for Liverpool to address the lack of experience among the coaching staff, here.

Liverpool first-team coaching staff, years in their roles at Premier League level when appointed at LFC:

Manager – Brendan Rodgers: 1 year (Swansea City)
Asst. Manager – Colin Pascoe: 1 Year (Swansea City)
First team coach – Mike Marsh – None
Goalkeeper coach – John Achterberg – None

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