Newly appointed Liverpool boss Rodgers to "fight for his life"

 

 

By Adam Higgins
Chief Football Editor 

 

 

Former Watford, Reading and Swansea boss Rodgers lifts the "You'll Never Walk Alone" scarf for the cameras at Anfield today 

 

 

New Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has promised he will "fight for his life" to bring success and ultimately the title to Anfield.

39-year old Rodgers was officially unveiled as Liverpool boss as the successor to the sacked Kenny Dalglish at Anfield this morning after the Reds and his former club Swansea City agreed a compensation deal. The Northern Irishman said that he will promise to "fight for his life and for the people in the city" stating that he will not be able to "work miracles overnight" or that the side will not be ready for the title now but said that "the process begins today".  

The Welsh club are understood to have agreed a £7m compensation package for losing the services of Rodgers, coach Colin Pascoe, assistant performance analyst Chris Davies and performance consultant Glen Driscoll. Rodgers is believed to have agreed a three-year deal with Liverpool.

Liverpool have won the title eighteen times in their history with only Manchester United winning more in English football although their last title came when they were crowned champions at the end of the 1989-1990 season. Rodgers said of his appointment: "This is long-term and that's the appeal to me. The history of the club and the frustrations was also an attraction. It has been 20-odd years since they won the title. This is a club that, if you have success, you are here for years. That's the aim arriving here. Of course that is about results and the progress of the team. I am very proud. I feel I have been blessed with the opportunity to manage the club.

He added:" Hopefully over time I will earn their respect. It's a real special club. I'm really looking forward to moving here to the city. It is about people. It isn't about stars. I treat them (the players) as human beings. It is about respect and I have carried that from coaching kids at five years old to some of the biggest stars in the world. I was never the biggest player so I have had to earn my respect on the coaching field and as a human being. I am really looking forward to working with some of the greats of this football club. For me it will take a bit of time to introduce how I want to play and the philosophy I want to introduce. I believe there is still a bit of work to do in maybe getting three or four key players in, to allow us play that way. I had a great chat with Jamie Carragher on the way down and he's really excited about playing this way, as was Steven Gerrard when I spoke to him. We talked finances. The reality is that I'm not going to have the money that was spent in the last year or so. But, at the same time, there's going to be money there to make a difference."

Wigan Athletic manager Roberto Martinez and former Chelsea boss Andre Villas-Boas was also in the frame for the job, however Liverpool chairman Tom Werner explained that Rodgers was the only candidate that the club contacted about becoming manager.  

The club have also scrapped plans to appoint a director of football - at Rodgers's request. Instead the club will create a "committee" which will make decisions on the running of the football side, including transfers. "That [a director of football] was something I made clear I couldn't work with," added Rodgers. "What you need is an outstanding team. We will form a technical board that will have four or five people that will decide the way forward."

Liverpool fans have given a mixed reception to the appointment of Rodgers but the new man in charge at Anfield has vowed to win over the doubters. In addition, Rodgers did not wish to comment on rumours that an agreement is in place to prevent him from signing players from his former club Swansea for the next twelve months.

But Swansea chairman Huw Jenkins said: "We have got some protection on Brendan (Rodgers) coming back for our players in the initial period, which I think is the right thing."

The future of Steve Clarke, who was assistant to Kenny Dalglish during his second spell at the club, will become clearer in the next few days.

Liverpool's principal owner John W Henry tried to ease the pressure on Rodgers, and said: "We do not expect miracles overnight, nor should anyone else. In Brendan Rodgers we are recruiting an exciting, young and talented manager. He is a forward-thinking coach at the forefront of a new generation of managers. He will bring a style of relentless attacking football. He is someone we think our players will respect and our supporters will embrace Brendan's style of football. He was the first choice and the right choice."

 

Click here to listen to Steven Gerrard's thoughts on Rodgers' appointment

Click here to listen to BBC News report: Rodgers appointed as Liverpool boss

 

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