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
”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.”