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Rodgers snubs Liverpool

2012-05-18 13:23

London - Liverpool's search for a new manager suffered a setback on Friday when Swansea boss Brendan Rodgers rejected the chance to talk to the Anfield club.

Rodgers is regarded as one of the best young managers in the Premier League and was high on Liverpool's list of potential candidates to replace Kenny Dalglish, who was sacked on Wednesday following a disappointing league campaign.

Fenway Sports Group, the Merseyside club's owners, have had an approach to speak to Wigan manager Roberto Martinez accepted and were also keen to interview Rodgers, but it was widely reported on Friday that the 39-year-old Northern Irishman has turned down the opportunity to speak to the Reds.

The Guardian reported that Rodgers believes Liverpool should already know enough about his qualities to offer him the job if they feel he is the right man, rather than involve him in a drawn-out interview process that may feature several managers.

He is also said to be keen not to be seen to chase other jobs out of respect to Swansea.

Rodgers, who signed a new three-and-half-year deal in February, has previously been linked with Chelsea and Tottenham after making a huge impression by guiding Swansea to an 11th-place finish in their debut Premier League campaign.

Swansea were applauded off the pitch by Liverpool supporters after their impressive passing caught the eye in a 0-0 draw at Anfield earlier this season.

The Welsh club also rounded off their season by beating Liverpool 1-0 at the Liberty Stadium, a fixture which proved to be Dalglish's last in charge.

Former Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola, ex-England chief Fabio Capello, Norwich's Paul Lambert and Andre Villas-Boas, dismissed by Chelsea earlier this year, are also said to be on Liverpool's list of potential bosses.

AFP

Comments
  • James - 2012-05-18 14:05

    no one cares about liverpool :)

      Kevin - 2012-05-18 14:27

      you obviously feel something otherwise you wouldn't have commented. Intimidated?

      Bob - 2012-05-18 14:50

      James, I think you meant YOU don't care, there are millions of LFC supporters that are renowned as the greatest football supporters in the world, fortunately I am one of them, you sound like you might be a scum utd fan, you can't even claim to be the best team in Manchester anymore.

      aadil.esack - 2012-05-18 14:50

      no, he said "you already know what i can do, so if you want me, come get me" Got to give him credit for his confidence :-)

      Frank - 2012-05-18 14:56

      typical little united twat.

      Acta - 2012-05-18 15:01

      Got to have respect for Rodgers' reasoning of his decision. @Bob, Is all Utd fans scum?, they must have done something very bad,

      jowza1 - 2012-05-18 15:02

      lol.poor looserpool.things are really bad when one chooses swansea over liverpool

      jowza1 - 2012-05-18 15:04

      bob,you can claim whatever you want,fact is liverpool are a mid table team.everton finished above you

      martin.gee.godfrey - 2012-05-18 15:13

      @Bob - 1985 Heysel Stadium disaster - Cause: "Renowned Liverpool fans" breaching the fence separating them from the Juventus fans in the neutral area. Result: Multiple deaths and injuries and a total ban of English clubs until the 90/91 season, 14 Liverpool fans found guilty and jailed for three years and Liverpool being banned till the 1991/92 season.

      christo.t.ferreira - 2012-05-18 15:26

      Liverpool supporters have class, something your badly lack James.

      aadil.esack - 2012-05-18 15:28

      Yes FerretGee, 14 IDIOTS caused alot of crap, but ALL clubs have their idiot fans & there is nothing one can do about it ! When the whole Suarez saga was going on, i found a document online showing all the fan arrests made the previous season - you would be SHOCKED at how much goes on in EVERY single game, every single week, CURRENTLY, not in the 80's, for all clubs What i found quite funny was that LFC was the ONLY club without any incidents regarding any racism issues the previous season, and the very next season the media did try their best to paint a very different picture ;-)

      aadil.esack - 2012-05-18 15:50

      jozwa, that very same everton team is the same one who dented utd's title chances, no ? They finished above us because they deserved to. But we did beat them 3 times this season, 0-2, 3-0 & 2-1

      jowza1 - 2012-05-18 15:52

      aadil.liverpool finished 37 points behind manutd.dont even start comparing

      aadil.esack - 2012-05-18 15:53

      well said Christo. Many teams stole a draw they didn't deserve at Anfield this season, but Swansea definitely deserved their's, even though i remember their 'keeper making some miracle saves towards the end :-) As the article states above, the Liverpool supporter's APPLAUDED the Swansea team off the pitch - their are not many places you can see that. We appreciate good quality footie, just wish our own team could do it more consistently

      aadil.esack - 2012-05-18 15:57

      i'm not comparing, our league form was terrible, no doubt. But show a little respect to those Toffees huh ? At least LFC won a trophy this season, which is more than utd fans can say this season

      martin.gee.godfrey - 2012-05-18 16:05

      @Aadil.Esak 14 were jailed but it was more than those 14 that caused the riot...They were just the ones that got caught!

  • martin.gee.godfrey - 2012-05-18 14:50

    Well done Brendon Rodgers, a man with integrity it seems. Good for him that he showed his current employers that he is loyal, that goes down well with players and owners to know that he is not chasing the money. He has done great things at Swansea.

  • Dvdwalt - 2012-05-18 14:50

    Who wants to coach a mediocre club whos fans cannot accept the fact that their glory days are long behind them?

      Malans - 2012-05-18 15:19

      Good fans always want the best for their club. So if you are saying that Liverpool fans are loyal and want their legendary club to go to the top again . . . Thanks for the compliment!! A piece of advice, if I may: If you think your club will stay on top forever, think again. It is in the nature of things that the fortunes of a club will rise and sink. As surely as the sun rises and sinks, Liverpool will rise again and your club will sink again. What matters is how graciously you accept this and how well you support your club in the difficult times. I think good Liverpool fans will never walk alone, neither will their players.

  • Paul - 2012-05-18 16:28

    He doesnt want to be seen to chase other jobs, but Liverpool should know enough about him to offer him the job ......... what a confused and arrogant Irishman ! Me thinks Swansea's "success" has gone to his head. Hopefully they are still in the EPL this time next year !

      wesleywt - 2012-05-18 19:37

      He took a league 2 side to the EPL. He has the right to be \arrogant\, which he is not. He said out of respect to Swansea he won't go through the \interview\. An arrogant person would be the first to drop his team in need.

  • Jim - 2012-05-18 17:50

    It will take 3-4 years for Liverpool to get back into the top 4

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