Rodgers new favourite for Liverpool job

Published Tuesday, 29 May 2012
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Carnlough man Brendan Rodgers is looking more and more likely to succeed ousted Liverpool boss Kenny Dalglish, with the club's American owners still chasing the in-demand Swans boss.

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Rodgers, 39, has already turned down an offer of talks with Fenway Sports Group - but it's thought such a meeting could now go ahead this week.

Wigan's Roberto Martinez had been quickly installed as the bookies' favourite to take over the reins at the Anfield club, but the odds for Rodgers have since been dramatically slashed.

It's far from a done deal though, with Martinez still appearing to also be on Liverpool's 'wanted list' - but his chairman is hoping he's not the number one choice.

"If it is true that Liverpool want to speak with Brendan Rodgers, it proves they don't know who they want as manager," Wigan chairman Dave Whelan told ESPN.

"I hope they choose Brendan Rodgers."

Swansea had breathed a sigh of relief though, when it looked like they'd keep hold of Rodgers - the manager who led them to top flight football and ensured an impressive 11th place finish in their debut season.

The team also claimed memorable scalps against league champions Man City and Arsenal along the way.

But Rodgers, who signed a new deal back in February keeping him at the Liberty Stadium for the next three-and-a-half years, is again the subject of rumblings about an imminent departure.

According to reports in the Welsh press, he's believed to have flown home from America to discuss the situation with Swansea chairman Huw Jenkins - but the Swans claim the meeting was already scheduled and about preparations for next season, rather than connected to the growing speculation about Rodgers' future.

The Swans have also denied that any further approach has been made to the club by Liverpool and dismissed the rumours of talks between their manager and Fenway Sports Group.

"We would like to confirm that there has been no contact from Liverpool and nothing has changed since our previous statement on the issue," the Welsh club said.

A host of other names have previously been linked with the job - including Martinez and former Liverpool boss Rafa Benitez.

It's looking like a final decision could be made within as little as 48 hours, with an announcement now expected on Friday.

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5 Comments
give brendan a chance in ards wrote (686 days ago):
john are you having a laugh, bring back rafa?he was sacked by liverpool because he was not up to the job , then sacked in itlay and you want him back?give brendan a chance , he could be no worse than that clown daglish, great footballer but a rubbish manager.
s magowan in belfast wrote (687 days ago):
I always thought that big David should have been in the frame for this job after all where could you find a more successful manager.
john in belfast wrote (688 days ago):
Hope not, bring back Rafa.
give him a chance in ards wrote (688 days ago):
he could be no worse than the last three liverpool managers.
ray in wales wrote (688 days ago):
I VERY MUCH SUSPECT THIS IS RUBBISH - Rodgers is in America and John Henry and Co are in Liverpool - Swansea never approached - DOES NOT MAKE ANT SENSE AT ALL AND NEITHER DOES THE WAY F S G HAVE GONE ABOUT THIS
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