Brendan Rodgers slams ‘disrespectful’ United talk during his press conference on Thursday 18th November. There have been reports over the international break that the Manchester United hierarchy are impressed by Rodgers and potentially see him as the next Manchester United manager. Let’s have a look at Rodger’s managerial career and delve into why he could be a candidate should a vacancy become available at Old Trafford.
Rodgers Slams ‘Disrespectful’ United Talk
Prior Job Roles
Rodgers began his coaching career in 2006 where he was managing the Chelsea reserves. He then went onto managing Watford and Reading before joining Swansea City in 2010. He enjoyed a successful tenure as he led his side to a Championship play-off Final, which they won against Reading. Rodgers brought the Welsh side into the Premier League in only his first season at the club, a terrific achievement. Swansea then became an established Premier League club under Rodgers before Liverpool appointed the Scotsman in 2012. Pressure was on Rodgers to perform at Liverpool as they he struggled to come out of the shadow of United for too long. His most successful season at Anfield was the 2013/2014 season when he almost led Liverpool to their first Premier League title. The most memorable moment in that campaign came when Steven Gerrard slipped to allow Demba Ba to open the scoring and swing the match in Chelsea’s favour. Many believe this was the moment Liverpool lost the title that year. Rodgers built a good side at Liverpool and he embedded players like Raheem Sterling and Daniel Sturridge into the team and gave them a chance to unleash their potential. Rodgers was then sacked in the 2015/2016 season due to Liverpool’s poor form and Suarez and Sterling had left the club leaving behind a void which was never filled and this made life difficult for Rodgers.
Rodgers joined Celtic in 2016/17 and dominated the SPL with Celtic. Celtic finished unbeaten in all domestic competitions at the end of the season and Rodgers led them to another title the following year before leaving in February 2019 to join Leicester City. Rodgers has enjoyed success at the King Power and led them to an FA Cup win, the first in the club’s history. Rodgers has also built a dynamic squad at Leicester and has again given youth players such as James Maddison a chance in the first team. Leicester also play a good brand of attacking football in a 3-5-2 system. The one downfall for Rodgers so far is that he has failed to deliver Champions League football despite starting campaigns strongly and his side have tended to fall off towards the end of the season and fail to finish in a Champions League spot.
Will Rodgers Bring Guaranteed Success to Old Trafford?
This is the concern of the Manchester United fans and they seem to be afraid of another rebuilding process. This is because they feel they have already gone through one with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer for 3 years and the fanbase are now demanding a proven winner who can take this United side to further heights. Champions League qualification is not enough for the fans at United although this is the remit the owners and board have set. The fact that Rodgers has managed Liverpool will also not sit too well with the Old Trafford faithful and whether he would be an upgrade an Solskjaer remains to be seen.
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