While it came to some as a shock, to many it wasn’t surprising when Liverpool announced that they had sacked manager Brendan Rodgers.
42-year-old Rodgers was fired few hours after Liverpool drew 1-1 in the Merseyside derby against Everton.
The 1-1 draw with Everton saw Liverpool fall to the tenth place in the Premier League table after playing a total of eight games. This of course didn’t go down well with Liverpool’s American owners who said although it was a difficult decision to fire Rodgers, his departure was best for the success of the club.
In June 2012, Rodgers was unveiled as the new manager for Liverpool following the departure of Kenny Dalglish.
During Rodgers’ three years in charge of Liverpool, he failed to win a single trophy for the club much to the disappointment of the club’s owners and supporters. This made Rodgers the first Liverpool manager in several decades not to win a trophy for the club after three seasons in charge of the club.
In announcing Rodgers’ dismissal as manager of Liverpool, the football club’s American owners Fenway Sports Group said ambition and winning were the two things that Liverpool needed and that getting rid of Rodgers provided them the opportunity to achieve these things.
Currently Liverpool is searching for a new manager to fill the empty space Rodgers’s departure has created.
Rodgers, who is a Northern Irishman, started his career in the world of football as a player before graduating to a coach. As a footballer, Rodgers played for football clubs such as Ballymena United and Reading. After retiring from playing football, Rodgers spent some years travelling around Spain studying several coaching techniques. He started his first coaching job with Chelsea when he was invited by Jose Mourinho to manage Chelsea’s youth team in 2004. Two years later he was promoted to Chelsea’s reserve manager. He later went to manage Watford F.C. and Swansea City before finally joining Liverpool on June 1, 2012.