Ballymena wishes Rodgers well at Anfield

Published Thursday, 31 May 2012
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The Co Antrim club where new Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers started his football career has wished him well, as he prepares to take over King Kenny's crown at Anfield.

Ballymena wishes Rodgers well at Anfield
New Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers. (© Getty)

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The Carnlough man started out as a defender with Ballymena United and then transferred to Reading reserves at the age of 18, before a knee injury ended his career on the pitch just two years later.

But Rodgers appears to have found his calling as a manager, guiding Swansea City to promotion and then an impressive 11th place finish in their debut season in the top flight.

"He got into the coaching and the rest is history, you know," his cousin Kieran Rodgers told UTV. "He's done well for Reading and Chelsea and now Swansea, so it's good."

Having captured the attention of Liverpool's American owners at Fenway Sports Group, Rodgers' official installation as successor to Kenny Dalglish should be complete by the end of the week.

While Liverpool played their cards close to their chest, it fell to the Swans to confirm their manager's exit.

"Brendan has informed us that he would like to take up the offer to manage Liverpool," chairman Huw Jenkins said, having maintained since the speculation began to hot up that he would not stand in the way of such a move.

"At the moment, we are currently in talks with the owners to agree compensation."

While Swansea will be sorry to lose such a promising manager - who had already led them to big wins over clubs like Man City, Arsenal and Liverpool themselves - they are thought to be in line for £4-5m in compensation.

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7 Comments
liverpool fan in ards wrote (824 days ago):
red what has utd won this year?nothing so keep your mouth shut.good luck brendan.
s magowan in belfast wrote (824 days ago):
Congrats Brendan hope you do well at Anfield.Just think Brendan where you might have been today if you had stayed at Stamford Bridge
matt ritchie in larne wrote (824 days ago):
Congratulations to Brendan Rodgers on his appointment as liverpool manager.He deserves the opportunity to manage one of the largest clubs in the world.A gentleman in every respect. although not a liverpool supporter I hope he proves successful as they do deserve better after many lean years,all the best Brendan.
jacqui and ciara mcallister in carnlough wrote (824 days ago):
well done Brendan you have made carnlough very proud jacqui and ciara bayfields carnlough
Big rug in N.mossley wrote (824 days ago):
Take it your a manc red? lol obsessed with LFC? Gud luck Brendan in your new job with the most successful team in English football. Hope you continue to play exciting football and bring many more trophys to The Anfield trophy cabinet. YNWA
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