Joe Allen has admitted that it was upsetting to see Colin Pascoe’s Liverpool departure confirmed earlier this month.
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The Reds allowed both our assistant manager, and our first-team coach Mike Marsh, to leave the club following our end-of-season review. Both men have worked with Brendan Rodgers since he arrived at Anfield in 2012, while Pascoe was also with him and Allen at Swansea City.
The trio effectively arrived together three summers ago, with Rodgers and Pascoe taking over the managerial reigns and quickly signing their favourite midfielder, who had played an important role in Swansea’s promotion to the Premier League and their excellent first season in the top flight.
Allen has since played 95 times for us, scoring four goals in the process. He joined Swansea in 1999 and made his breakthrough in the first-team in 2007. He’s been working with Pascoe since then and admitted that it was going to feel strange to not have his mentor around.
“I’m very disappointed, he’s been someone who’s been instrumental in my career,” said Allen, in quotes taken by the Liverpool Echo.
“We’ve worked together for… must be nine years, so he’s been a huge part of my career, a massive help to me on a personal level.
“I’m very grateful for all the effort he’s put in with me and it’s certainly without someone like Pas’s help I doubt I’d be playing at a club like Liverpool.”