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Rodgers named Liverpool boss

2012-06-01 11:13

Liverpool - Brendan Rodgers was appointed the new manager of Liverpool on Friday, the Premier League club announced, after joining from Swansea.

The 39-year-old Northern Irishman succeeds Anfield great Kenny Dalglish, who was sacked last month after his second spell in charge ended with Liverpool finishing the season a massive 37 points behind champions Manchester City.

The Merseyside club's American owners the Fenway Sports Group (FSG) had given Dalglish more than £100 million to spend in the transfer market since he took over from the sacked Roy Hodgson, now in charge of England, in 2011.

But expensive signings such as Andy Carroll, Stewart Downing, Jordan Henderson and Charlie Adam have largely flopped, with Liverpool's eighth place finish their worst season-ending position for nearly two decades although they did win the League Cup.

Swansea, in their first Premier League season, finished 11th and also took four points off Liverpool in their two league games.

"I'm blessed to be given this opportunity," said Rodgers, who spent two years in charge of Swansea.

"I want to thank John Henry (Liverpool's principal owner), Tom Werner (chairman) and FSG for the opportunity to manage such a great club.

"I'm really excited and I can't wait to get started on this incredible project going forward. I promise to dedicate my life to fight for this club and defend the great principles of Liverpool Football Club on and off the field."

Henry said: "Fenway Sports Group is committed to building for the long-term. Brendan Rodgers's appointment today as manager of Liverpool Football Club is one of the most important steps we will take in building the kind of club on and off the pitch supporters can be excited about.

"Brendan's comprehensive football philosophy is perfectly aligned with those at the club and those soon to join the club. He was the first choice unanimously among them and he had no hesitation at all in embracing exactly what we want to try to build at Liverpool."

The Merseysiders, five-times European champions, won the last of their 18 English titles in 1990 and Henry added: "We do not expect miracles overnight nor should anyone else.

"But we firmly believe that the direction the club is heading in will lead to Premier League championships. We will embrace the unconventional, build the right way and together set a bold, exciting course for this historic club."

AFP

Comments
  • aadil.esack - 2012-06-01 11:53

    THANK GOD it wasn't Martinez ! Don't get me wrong, always escapes relagation & yes, beat all the big club's at the end of the season, BUT what about most of the season before that ?! With Swansea, they NEVER changed their philosophy whoever they played, and I admired them for that - something we could use based on our last few manager's, i.e. respecting the opposition TOO much Also, they played VERY much like the LFC of old, i.e. pass & move Also, when they came to L4 this season & earned a well deserved draw, the entire Anfield gave them a standing ovation at the end - quite funny NOW don't you think ;-) This move will either be genuis or terrible, time will tell ... Another season of transition ? Could be a long one for us Reds, and the owner's have made it obvious, they want Top 4 more than anything else, i.e. revenue ! BR, you earned my respect with Swansea last season, and you now have my full support as a Red. Hopefully you can earn my respect once again, and playing the right way + trying for the 3 points in each game will be highly appreciated

      Bob - 2012-06-01 12:01

      aadil, I am happy with his appointment, he seems to be the correct type of manager for our club, I know many of the younger supporters who know nothing of the history of LFC that has made them the greatest football club in the world, will have wanted a bigger name with an open cheque book and sign up a heap of foreign players with big reputations, that is not and hopefully never will be the LFC way, of course we need top four place in order to make the big $, it will come if not this coming season then certainly the one after, the true LFC supporters will welcome the new manager and support him and team like only we can, I was disappointed in the sacking of KK but we have to put that behind us and move on, exciting upcoming season, YNWA

  • aadil.esack - 2012-06-01 11:55

    A few weeks ago the media reported he "turned us down" - some rivals fans here had a good laugh without actually reading what he said, i.e. "if you really want me, come get me" Quite funny now ...

  • cidatcecil - 2012-06-05 09:26

    Ok thsi boytie got his work cut out for him his hope the moves he makes is gud

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