Brendan Rodgers’ Career so far
In light of the news that Brendan Rodgers is likely to be unveiled as the new Liverpool manager, we have compiled a timeline and history of his career so far, which includes working under Jose Mourinho at Chelsea and winning promotion to the Premier League with Swansea City.
Rodgers was born in Carnlough, Northern Ireland on 26 January 1973. He started his playing career at Balleymena United where he made 12 league appearances in three years before moving to Reading at the age of 18. Unfortunately, due to a genetic knee condition, Rodgers had to retire from playing at the young age of 20.
The Northern Irishman stayed at Reading as a youth coach until 2004 when he was approached by Jose Mourinho to become the manager of the youth team at Chelsea. In 2006, he was promoted to reserve team manager, such was the impression made upon the Portuguese.
Two years later, in November 2008, he left his role at Chelsea to become first-team manager at Championship side Watford. He only won two of his first 10 games in charge meaning his side were sat in the relegation zone in January but their form improved dramatically and Rodgers was able to guide them to a solid 13th-placed finish.
In the summer of 2009, Steve Coppell resigned as Reading manager and Brendan Rodgers was made favourite for job straight away.
He distanced himself from the job stating his “concentration was fully on Watford”.
Rodgers agreed to become the club’s new manager on 5 June 2009. The Watford fans felt a little bitter following his departure with the supporter’s club stating that his record was ‘severely damaged’ in the eyes of the supporters.
His first win at Reading came against Burton Albion where his side won 5-1 in the League Cup second round in August.
However, despite a good start, the results got worse and Rodgers was unable to improve them so left Reading by mutual consent in December 2009. In 23 games, he won just 6.
He remained unemployed until the summer of 2010 when Swansea City, a Championship side at the time, appointed him as their manager. He got off to a winning start and the results were good, leading to Rodgers winning the Championship Manager of the Month award for February 2011. In that particular month, Swansea won five out of six league games, keeping four clean sheets.
In just his first season at the club, he had led Swansea to the Championship Play-Offs and soon took them to Wembley for the Play-Off Final after beating Nottingham Forest over two legs.
He faced his former side Reading for a place in the Premier League and beat them 4-2 thanks to a hat-trick from top scorer Scott Sinclair, meaning Swansea became the first Welsh side to take part in the Premier League.
In just his first season at the club, Rodgers had led Swansea to the Premier League and played some beautiful football along the way.
It’s well-known that the Irishman likes to play the ball on the floor and his tactics have been likened to Barcelona and Spain’s famous ‘tiki-taka’ style.
Many predicted the Swans to struggle in their first season in the top flight but they surprised everyone by finishing a tidy 11th while also taking points off Liverpool, Newcastle United, Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea. They also managed to beat Premier League champions Manchester City 1-0 at home.
In January, Rodgers won the Manager of the Month award following wins against Aston Villa and Arsenal while taking a point at Stamford Bridge.
In February, he signed a new three-year deal to keep him at the club until July 2015 but following Kenny Dalglish’s departure at Liverpool the Irishman was heavily linked the job after impressing their American owners.
On 18 May 2012, he turned down the chance to speak to the club but following talks it is announced by the BBC that he has signed a three-year contract at Liverpool.
Watford: Games, 32; Won, 13; Drawn, 7; Lost, 12; Win %, 40.63
Reading: Games, 23; Won, 6; Drawn, 6; Lost, 11; Win %, 26.09
Swansea: Games, 96; Won, 43, Drawn, 20; Lost, 33; Win %, 44.79
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