Brendan Rodgers was the favourite to take over from sacked Gary Monk at his old club Swansea, but morning reports have thrown this story into disarray.
According to the Times, he will snub the approach from chairman Huw Jenkins in order to take over from Roy Hodgson’s England national side in the summer.
Matt Hughes writes:
“Brendan Rodgers is expected to reject the chance to return to Swansea City in place of Garry Monk because he hopes to succeed Roy Hodgson as England manager this summer.”
The Northern Irishman has been out of a job since early on this season after FSG decided to sack him following just over three years in charge at Liverpool. Rodgers peaked in 2013/14, coming to within inches of a Premier League title with a Luis Suarez-led side, but with the Uruguayan sold and Daniel Sturridge injured – Liverpool limped through last season. Our miserable start to this one saw Rodgers pick up his P45, with his reputation damaged.
In September, Steven Gerrard said Rodgers would be perfect for the England job though, via Sky Sports.
“The way he [Rodgers] plays would suit England,” Gerrard said.
“He would improve the possession football you need at international level. His man management is brilliant.
“At tournaments, in the heat, it is absolute torture and we need to keep the ball better.”
“If you want someone who would get the team playing and the players would enjoy working with, it would be Brendan.”
Current boss Hodgson is out of contract following Euro 2016, having taking the job in 2012. Liverpool fans know him well following his tragic stint at Anfield, and if Rodgers were to get the England gig, he’d be the second former Liverpool boss after Hodgson to do so.