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Friday 01 June 2012

Liverpool appoint Rodgers as manager

Reds name former Swansea boss as Kenny Dalglish's replacement at Anfield

Former Swansea manager Brendan Rodgers (left) succeeds Kenny Dalglish at Liverpool

Liverpool have named former Swansea City boss Brendan Rodgers as their new manager.

The 39-year-old takes over after spending two years in Wales and succeeds Kenny Dalglish, who was dismissed earlier this month after a disappointing campaign.

"I'm blessed to be given this opportunity," he told the club's official website. "I want to thank [principal owner] John Henry, [chairman] Tom Werner and [owners Fenway Sports Group] FSG for the opportunity to manage such a great club.

"I promise to dedicate my life to fight for this club"
- Brendan Rodgers

"I'm really excited and I can't wait to get started on this incredible project going forward.

"I promise to dedicate my life to fight for this club and defend the great principles of Liverpool Football Club on and off the field."

Rodgers led Swansea to promotion to the Barclays Premier League in his first season in charge in 2010/11 as they defeated Reading in the play-off final after finishing third in the Championship table.

And Swansea's first campaign in the Premier League was one to remember as they defeated the likes of Arsenal, Liverpool and eventual champions Manchester City on their way to a highly-impressive 11th-place finish.

Not only did Swansea record some creditable results but Rodgers' side were also hailed for their attractive and free-flowing style of play.

A statement on the Liverpool website read: "Brendan is regarded as being at the forefront of a new generation of football coaches, an excellent tactician and motivator with a progressive philosophy.

"After an extensive two-week process where many highly-qualified candidates were carefully considered, Liverpool's ownership group identified Rodgers as the single outstanding candidate to implement their long-term vision."

Perfect man

Rodgers started his coaching career at Reading before being appointed as Chelsea's youth team boss in 2004 by the then Blues manager Jose Mourinho, and was promoted to the role of reserve-team manager at Stamford Bridge two years later.

He took over at Watford in 2008 and returned to Reading as manager in 2009.

"The direction the club is heading in will lead to Premier League titles"
- John Henry

After a poor start to the 2009/10 campaign, Rodgers left the Royals by mutual consent in December 2009 before taking the Swansea job in the summer of 2010.

Liverpool's principal owner Henry says Rodgers is the perfect man to take the club forward.

"Fenway Sports Group is committed to building for the long-term," he said. "Brendan Rodgers' appointment today as manager of Liverpool Football Club is one of the most important steps we will take in building the kind of club on and off the pitch supporters can be excited about.

"Brendan's comprehensive football philosophy is perfectly aligned with those at the club and those soon to join the club.

"He was the first choice unanimously among them and he had no hesitation at all in embracing exactly what we want to try to build at Liverpool.

"We do not expect miracles overnight nor should anyone else. But we firmly believe that the direction the club is heading in will lead to Premier League championships.

"We will embrace the unconventional, build the right way and together set a bold, exciting course for this historic club."

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Key Points

  • Liverpool appoint Brendan Rodgers as new manager
  • Boss leaves Swansea to take up position at Anfield
  • Rodgers led Swans to 11th place in Barclays Premier League table last season