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Brendan Rodgers was never favored over Roberto Martinez for the Liverpool job at any stage, after the announcement of Dalglish’s departure from the Merseyside club. From initial reports of Kenny’s sacking, people were certain the vacant position would be Martinez’s for the taking. 

Everything seemed to be in place, talks were taking place between Martinez and Liverpool and a deal seemed imminent. But then news emerged that Martinez, who had been offered the job no man could refuse, decided to stay put with Wigan. This left the door open for Brendan Rodgers

Who is Brendan Rodgers? What aspects of his career as a manager would create interest from a club like Liverpool? Rodgers started managing for Reading youths and then the Chelsea reserve team, but he then moved on to bigger things, beginning by managing to prevent Watford from relegation in 2008 after a cagey start to the season. 

He then had a shaky season with Reading, but quickly rediscovered himself at Swansea. In 2010, Swansea decided to make a swoop for the Rodgers, and soon became a Swans hero leading them to promotion to the Premiership.

He led the Swans, a team who many people doubted, to 11th in the Premiership which is a great achievement for a manager who seemed to had lost his magic touch as a manager two years prior when he was at Reading. But its these great achievements of leading a club like Swansea to success which got him one of the most prestigious jobs in English football; managing Liverpool. 

Rodgers, achieved success with Swansea. (Taken from Sky Sports)

His achievements can’t be compared to those of the likes of Sir Alex or Arsene Wenger, but he hasn’t been given a big chance to prove himself. What he did with Swansea was special getting them to success some fans could have only dreamed of. However, this is the real test.

Unlike at Swansea, there is a lot of pressure on him now at Liverpool. The Liverpool fans are in dire need of a new manager who can bring them back to glory days, and is Rodgers the right man? I think so. 

He will be buzzing with confidence after a successful two seasons with Swansea and will be more than happy to have the opportunity that may put him down in English football history, as one of the great managers.

The pressures of managing Liverpool will be tough and he will sure as hell have his critics, but if he can keep his cool and re-unite his squad and bring a few fresh faces, there is no doubt that he will be able to bring Liverpool back to their winning ways. 

Written by Thomas Fogarty
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