Swansea’s Rodgers snubs Liverpool approach

Liverpool turned to Twitter on Friday to ask supporters for help

in finding a new manager after Swansea’s Brendan Rodgers rejected

an approach to discuss replacing the fired Kenny Dalglish.

Liverpool tweeted to more than 930,000 followers: ”Who do you

want to replace Kenny Dalglish as LFC manager? Reply with your

suggestions and reasons.”

But the tweet was deleted within 30 minutes, followed by a

clarification: ”Context of our last tweet seems to have been

misunderstood – we were simply looking for fan views to include on

a fun online feature.”

Liverpool wants to interview several candidates for the post,

with permission granted to speak to Wigan’s Roberto Martinez.

The American-owned club is planning to interview several

managers before making an appointment. The Boston Red Sox ownership

group, which runs Liverpool, is overhauling the senior management

at the 18-time English champions.

Rodgers pledged to stick with Swansea, which beat Liverpool on

the last day of an impressive debut Premier League campaign on

Sunday.

”An approach from Liverpool FC to speak to manager Brendan

Rodgers was officially received by chairman Huw Jenkins this

morning,” Swansea said Friday. ”The club is pleased to confirm

that Brendan has declined the current opportunity to speak to the

Anfield club about the vacant position.”

Rodgers steered Swansea’s players to an 11th-place finish, just

five points behind eighth-place Liverpool after being lauded for

their slick, passing football.

”The Swansea manager is currently working hard to strengthen

the squad in readiness for the new Barclays Premier League

campaign,” the south Wales club said.

Dalglish was fired on Wednesday after Liverpool failed to

challenge for a place in the Premier League’s top four and a return

to the lucrative Champions League.

Dalglish is the latest senior figure to leave Anfield in recent

weeks, following the exit of the director of football, head of

sports medicine and communications chief.

”We may have lost our way a little in terms of performances but

it is still one of the biggest football clubs in the world,”

Liverpool managing director Ian Ayre said Thursday. ”I still think

this is one of the biggest jobs in world football.”