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Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Liverpool Appoint Brendan Rodgers as Manager

Rodger That!!
Brendan Rodgers is the new Liverpool manager after signing what is understood to be a three-year contract with the Anfield club. The appointment of the former Northern Irish footballer perhaps comes as a surprise after it was early reported that he had declined a chance to speak to Liverpool about the job just 12 days ago.

Wigan’s manager Roberto Martinez had become the bookmaker’s favourite to succeed Kenny Dalglish who was sacked on May 16th, but he declined the job. Other managers who were linked with the Anfield job included former Chelsea manager Andre Villas Boas, Borussia Dortmund’s Jurgen Klopp, former England manager Fabio Capello and Pep Guardiola.

Liverpool will pay the 39-year-old former Swansea City manager between £4m and £5m in compensation to secure his services. The appointment of the Carnlough-born Irishman ends a 15-day search for Dalglish’s heir.

Rodgers landed his first managerial role at championship side Watford in 2008, guiding The Hornets to a 13th place finish. The resignation of Steve Coppell at Reading provided Rodgers with an opportunity to return to the club where he played for in the reserves. He signed a deal with The Royals on 5 June 2009 but left the club by mutual consent on just six months later after a string of poor results.

He then signed for Swansea on 16 July 2010 and guided the Welsh side to promotion to the Premier League on his first season in charge of the club, making the Swans the first Welsh team to reach the top flight.

Rodgers, who retired from playing football only at age 20 due to a genetic knee condition, guided Swansea to 11th place finish in the league in spite of being tipped for relegation. He nurtured some good and attractive passing football which saw the Welsh side beat the likes of Arsenal, Newcastle and Liverpool.

In Liverpool FC, he'll be taking a club which yearns for Champions League football, something that the club's owners Fenway Sports Group have made clear. Liverpool have failed to qualify for Europe's premier club competition in the last three seasons and Rodgers knows only too well that his success and or failure will be measured based on how the team fairs in the Premier League.

However, his most immediate job will be to play catch-up in the transfer market and sign the players who will help the club move forward.

And That's thesteifmastertake!!