It was announced shortly after Sunday’s 1-1 draw away with local rivals Everton that Brendan Rodgers had been sacked from his role as Liverpool Manager, therefore, ending his three year reign as Anfield boss.
Rodgers started his coaching career as a youth coach at Reading, the club where he had ended his very brief playing career due to a knee condition. Rodgers progressed to Academy Director at Reading and was then headhunted by Jose Mourinho to join Chelsea as their Head Youth Coach, where he would later be promoted to Reserve Team Manager.
In November 2008, Brendan Rodgers accepted an offer to become Championship side Watford’s new first team manager. After leading the Hornets to 13th place in his first season in charge, Rodgers returned to Reading to replace Steve Coppell as first team manager.
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But it wasn’t to be a fairy tale return for Rodgers as, after only six months in charge, he resigned, leaving Reading just outside the relegation zone. He would have to wait six months to return to the management stage with Swansea, who he led to promotion to the Premier League in his first season in charge and Premier League survival in his second.
His fantastic work at Swansea led him to become Kenny Dalglish’s replacement as Liverpool boss in June 2012 and he led the Reds to 7th in the Premier League. The following season, with Daniel Sturridge and Luis Suarez forming a formidable partnership, Rodgers and Liverpool finished second in the Premier League and were top with three games left of the season. The 2014/15 season saw Liverpool lose the services of Luis Suarez, get knocked out of the Champions League in the group stages and eventually finish sixth place in the league.
The pressure was mounting on Rodgers, who became only the second manager in Liverpool history to fail to win a trophy in his first three seasons in charge. With Liverpool having won only four of their first eleven games this season, and the club sitting tenth in the Premier League, Rodgers time had run out and he was dismissed.
But what next for him?
Will he be a gamble to some clubs financially? After all, he has spent a lot of money at Liverpool and a large chunk of his big money signings haven’t produced, such as Balotelli, Markovic and Lovren. Other players, like Iago Aspas, Fabio Borini and Luis Alberto cost the club a combined £24.5m, but have barely featured.
Other options Rodgers may look into could be managing abroad. We saw David Moyes take the step into relatively uncharted waters as he took over the reins at Real Sociedad last season. Could Rodgers follow suit and further his game abroad?
Will he take stock until after the European Championships in France, next year, have finished and look to the possibility of International Management? With Steven Gerrard last month publicly stating Rodgers would be a fantastic England Manager, could he replace Roy Hodgson?
If Rodgers faces a tough challenge to return to football management he may be forced back into the Championship to try and repeat the successes he enjoyed at Swansea. Ex-Premier League manager Chris Houghton and Steve Clarke have dropped down to the Championship to rebuild and re start their careers at Brighton and Reading respectively, and to, so far, great success.
Whatever Rodgers decides, he has now got to rebuild his reputation after the heroics at Swansea and the 2nd place finish at Liverpool. There is no doubting he is a very skilled and intelligent manager, but he will now need to find a club that fits his football philosophy in order for him to be successful and prove the doubters wrong.
— Titanbet (@TitanBet) September 30, 2015