It’s been revealed by skipper, Steven Gerrard, that Brendan Rodgers has always been Liverpool’s first choice for the managerial position.
Everyone thought that Roberto Martinez had agreed a deal with Liverpool, as he traveled out to Miami to meet the American owners, but the club and captain always saw Rodgers as the number one man.
Gerrard said: ”I can go on record and guarantee he was first choice.”
Personally, I believe that the club has made the right decision in luring Rodgers to Anfield, as it shows that English clubs and the Premier League is moving forward and developing young British managers. The fact that Rodgers has not been in charge of a ‘top-flight’ team is irrelevant because if that logic were maintained, then British managers would not have a chance for major success.
It may have been seen as a risk bringing in a manager with little recognition of European football, but every spectator has witnessed how well he has done with Swansea City. Liverpool fans should be optimistic as the new boss will have a greater budget to work with and we should now see a quicker and more threatening style of play, like the team Rodgers developed at City. Liverpool have missed that cutting edge in the final third this season and it led to not enough goals or wins at home and far too many draws and thrown away points.
From what I’ve seen on forums and blogs regarding the new boss, no one is saying ‘it’s going to be our year’, like all pundits and fans say every year about Liverpool, as Reds fans are now more realistic. The fans needs to see new signings having an early impact, another good cup run and show the other clubs that we can actually challenge for a Champions League spot. Rodgers has a massive task ahead of him this summer but as long as the owners and fans get behind him, we can expect a more positive season for 2012/13.
As years go by with Brendan Rodgers
o 1973: Born 26 January in Carnlough, Northern Ireland
o 1987: Begins career as a defender with Ballymena United
o 1990: Joins Reading as a teenager before being forced to retire through injury. Remains as a coach
o 2004: Jose Mourinho appoints Rodgers as Chelsea youth team manager
o 2006: The Blues promote him to reserve team manager
o 2008: Becomes Watford boss
o June 2009: Returns to Reading to replace Steve Coppell
o December 2009: Leaves by mutual consent after a bad start
o July 2010: Returns to management with Swansea
o May 2011: Guides the Swans to promotion via play-offs
o May 2012: Leads Swansea to 11th in their first Premier League campaign