Thursday, May 31, 2012


Liverpool’s extensive search for a new manager is over after Swansea coach Brendan Rodgers agreed a three-year deal to take charge.

The 39-year-old is expected sign a three-year contract with Liverpool and his appointment is likely to be officially confirmed within 24 hours. 

The Reds have agreed a compensation deal with Swansea close to £5million and are ready to unveiling their replacement for axed Kenny Dalglish.
Rodgers will bring three key staff with him to Liverpool when he arrives at Anfield.

Swansea first-team coach Colin Pascoe, match-analyst Chris Davies and conditioning expert Glen Driscoll will move with Rodgers to Anfield. 
Rodgers declined the opportunity to speak to Liverpool  about the vacancy 12 days ago, and instead the club's hierarchy sought a meeting with Wigan's Martinez. 

But despite that rejection, he remained firmly in FSG’s thoughts because of the impression he made last season, steering Swansea to 11th place thanks to results such as a 0-0 draw at Anfield and a 1-0 victory over Liverpool at the Liberty Stadium.

The proposed appointment of Louis Van Gaal as sporting director looked increasingly unlikely on Wednesday night with Rodgers demanding complete control of football matters. 

Liverpool managing director Ian Ayre met the Dutchman in Portugal last week but the former Bayern Munich, Ajax and Barcelona manager is believed to have made it clear that he also wanted to be considered for the role in charge of the first team.
Therefore the hopes of Louis van Gaal landing the position of sporting director in the shake-up have dramatically receded.
One of the first acts Rodgers could perform is to sign Gylfi Sigurdsson, as the Iceland midfielder has not had a medical at Swansea and his £6.8million move from Hoffenheim has not been ratified. 
Rodgers' managerial career began at Watford in 2008 after coaching spells at Reading and Chelsea. 

His return to Reading was an unhappy one but, after his appointment as Swansea boss  in July 2010, Rodgers guided his Welsh side to promotion to the top flight in May 2011, making Swansea the first Welsh team to reach the Premier League.

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