Former Doncaster Rovers boss Sean O’Driscoll says he wants to help create a ‘culture of excellence’ in the national set-up after being named the new England U19 head coach.
The well-respected coach – who was in charge Rovers for five years before his sacking in 2011 – has been instructed to implement his lauded style of play on young players as England look to the future following the World Cup failure.
“I’m excited by the approach now being undertaken and the ongoing work to put in place a strong England culture and identity in which both players and coaches can learn, develop and be successful,” O’Driscoll said.
“Britain’s most successful sports are those that have invested the time and effort into creating cultures of excellence and supportive yet challenging environments, where success is a result of everybody working towards the same vision.
“The vision is to produce intelligent, committed England teams that entertain, play without fear and are brave with the ball, all with the continuing aim of achieving sustained international success.
“I’m delighted to have the opportunity to contribute at this pivotal time for English football.”
The former Republic of Ireland international will report to England U21 chief Gareth Southgate and FA director of elite development Dan Ashworth.
Southgate welcomed O’Driscoll’s appointment. He said: “We’re delighted with Sean’s appointment as we think he is somebody whose values and philosophy match what we are trying to embed.
“He’s got great experience in youth development and in the senior game.
“His teams have always reflected a style of play which is something we would like to implement and he’s a developer of players.
“I think the role will really suit him and he’s joining us at a time when his ideas will have the chance to impact on, not just the age group he will be working with, but the group of national coaches.
“It’s an exciting opportunity and we’re really looking forward to working with him.”
He will take charge of the team for the first time next month in qualification for the European U19 Championships while John Peacock will manage the side which will face European champions Germany on Monday night.
O’Driscoll has also managed Bournemouth, Nottingham Forest and Bristol City.