Thursday , May 23 2024

Pepijn Lijnders named as new Red Bull Salzburg head coach!

The next coach of Red Bull Salzburg is Pepijn Lijnders – who is coming from Liverpool FC. The 41-year-old from the Netherlands has been assistant coach to Jürgen Klopp at the Premier League side for several years. Pep Lijnders has signed a three-year contract at FC Red Bull Salzburg and will take the helm at the start of the 2024/25 pre-season.

Pep Lijnders has gained experience at various levels of a number of top European clubs. He has been, among others, head coach at NEC Nijmegen, a youth coach at PSV Eindhoven and FC Porto, an academy coach at the Reds, as well as an assistant coach at Liverpool FC for many years including during their 2018/19 UEFA Champions League win and 2019/20 Premier League title-winning campaign.

He is to arrive in Salzburg along with Vitor Matos, who will work as his assistant coach. 36-year-old Matos has worked with Lijnders for many years in Porto and Liverpool.

Red Bull Salzburg sporting director Bernhard Seonbuchner said, “We have been able to get an ideal candidate for the coaching position at FC Red Bull Salzburg in Pepijn Lijnders. He is a real football expert and has been a huge influence on a very successful time for Liverpool with his qualities in developing players. The discussions with him were a great success, and there was a clear agreement on the way we want to play, what we are about as a club, and where we want to go together. We are really looking forward to our time with him, but we will do everything we can to take the current season to a successful end first.”

Pepijn Lijnders said, “I’m proud to become the new head coach of FC Red Bull Salzburg and it’s a real privilege for me to be here. After PSV Eindhoven, FC Porto and Liverpool, I am joining another beautiful club with a strong structure and an even better academy. All of the clubs I’ve been at have been unique, remarkable clubs with a few particular things in common: a one-club mentality where the attack is very important, a true belief to win major trophies and, above all, clubs where passion for the game and ambition to succeed are the base of everything.”

“Together with my assistant, Vitor Matos, we will do our best to help the club to grow in a football world that is ever-changing. My family have visited the city before and were overwhelmed by its beauty and by the kindness of the people. This was the final, important step for me to decide to join FC Red Bull Salzburg.”

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