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
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.”