Liverpool announce Swansea's Brendan Rodgers as new manager

 

 

By Adam Higgins
Chief Football Editor

 

 

Rodgers masterminded Swansea City to take four points out of six from Liverpool this season in the Premier League

 

 

Swansea City boss Brendan Rodgers has agreed a deal in order to become the new manager of Liverpool Football Club, the Reds have confirmed.

The 39-year-old former Watford and Reading manager is understood to have agreed a three-year contract at Anfield and his appointment is likely to be officially confirmed within the next twenty-four hours. Liverpool will pay Swansea City between £4m and £5m in compensation to secure the Northern Irishman's services.

Liverpool sacked former manager Kenny Dalglish on 16th May after a meagre eighth-placed finish in the Premier League last season despite reaching the FA Cup final and winning the Carling Cup although the Reds were 17 points away from a Champions League qualification spot.

In contrast, Rodgers guided his Swansea side to an impressive first season in the top flight including a 1-0 victory over Liverpool on the final day of the campaign while many pundits praised their attractive footballing style. After parting ways with Dalglish, Liverpool embarked on an extensive search for a new manager with ambition with owners John W Henry and Tom Werner looking for someone to carry out their "long-term project".

The Reds were linked with a number of candidates including Rodgers and Wigan manager Roberto Martinez but also former Chelsea boss Andre Villas-Boas, ex-England coach Fabio Capello, and Ajax manager Frank de Boer.

Rodgers declined the opportunity to speak to Liverpool regarding the vacancy at the club just twelve days ago and instead the club's hierarchy sought a meeting with Latics boss Martinez.

But it appears Rodgers was always the preferred candidate despite Wigan Athletic chairman Dave Whelan suggesting last week that his manager had been offered the job at Anfield.

Rodgers began his managerial career at Championship side Watford in 2008 staying for just one term after coaching spells at Reading and Chelsea.

His return to Reading was a brief and disappointing one but, after his appointment as Swansea boss in July 2010 replacing Paulo Sousa, Rodgers guided his Welsh side to promotion via the play-offs to the top flight in May 2011 making Swansea the first Welsh team ever to reach the Premier League.  

 

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