Brendan Rodgers has released an official statement via Liverpool’s official website after being fired by the club at the weekend.
It’s typically humble, and while the Northern Irishman admits he’s sad to have lost his position, he wishes the team and his successor all the best. Impressively, Rodgers also thanks the men that have sacked him.
“I am, of course, incredibly disappointed to be leaving Liverpool Football Club. It has been both an honour and a privilege to manage one of the game’s great clubs for the last three years,” he began.
“I have worked every day to represent the club to the best of my ability, to develop both individual players and a team that the club’s magnificent fans can be proud of. There have been some very memorable moments during my time at Liverpool and I would like to thank all of the players for their hard work and commitment. The current squad is one in transition, but they have some real talent and are showing a strong sense of togetherness. I expect to see them continue to grow and develop over the coming weeks and I wish them and my successor well for the rest of the season.
“Liverpool has a magnificent football heritage and I have nothing but respect and admiration for the history, tradition and values that make the city and the club so exceptional. As well as my players, I would like to thank everyone connected with the club; Fenway Sports Group, the Liverpool directors, in particular Ian Ayre, my coaching staff, the staff throughout the club, the volunteers, the Academy staff and its young players and of course the amazing Liverpool fans for their unwavering support, passion and dedication which has made my time at the club so special.
“Finally, I would like to give a special mention to John W. Henry, Tom Werner and Mike Gordon. They gave me this great opportunity and even though we will no longer be working together I am sure our relationship and friendship will continue into the future.”
Rodgers’ comments here confirm that the man must and hopefully will get a rousing reception one day when he eventually returns to Anfield with another club.
He certainly made mistakes, but they were honest ones made by a young manager with an admirable philosophy of blooding youngsters and playing football the way it should be played. That philosophy saw Liverpool enjoy the best Premier League season in the competition’s 22 year history, and this will never be forgotten.
While he failed to utilise the squad at his disposal properly this season, it’s a youthful and exciting one which Jurgen Klopp, the man widely expected to replace him (via BBC Sport), can potentially develop.
The decision to fire Rodgers would not have been made lightly, but it was probably the right one.
Everyone at Liverpool should thank Rodgers for his loyal service and wish him well in the future.