Swansea’s Rodgers snubs Liverpool approach

Swansea manager Brendan Rodgers rejected an approach from

Liverpool on Friday to discuss replacing the fired Kenny Dalglish

at the Premier League rival.

The American-owned club is planning to interview several

managers before making an appointment, having already been granted

permission by Wigan on Thursday to speak to Roberto Martinez.

Rodgers will not be speaking to Liverpool after pledging 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.”

Agreeing to be interviewed by Liverpool and then being rejected

by the Premier League rival could have made it tough for Rodgers to

return to the Swansea job.

Rodgers steered Swansea to an 11th-place finish, just five

points behind eighth-place Liverpool and was 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.

The Boston Red Sox ownership group, which runs Liverpool, is

overhauling the senior management at the 18-time English

champions.

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.”