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Rodgers ponders bright future

SoccerNews in English Premier League, FA Cup 31 Mar 2012

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The future of Swansea City manager Brendan Rodgers at the Welsh club is once again in the spotlight.

Rodgers is unsure as to whether he would be willing to leave the club straight away if a bigger opportunity arose, but says that he will be ready if and when one does come.

Rodgers has led his newly-promoted side to 10th place in the Premier League, causing Tottenham to take serious note of his ability.

And the Northern Irishman told the media that the timing of any move might come down to his personal, rather than professional, readiness.

“I don’t think it (a move to a top club) would be too soon but it might be too soon in my personal life,” Rodgers told reporters.

“This has been a big year for us.

“Once I get a chance at the end of the season I will need a lot of reflection time in relation to the season and how we have done, but also on a personal level a lot has happened with my father (who died in September) and lots of other things so I will have a job to reflect on all of that.

“I have many things to reflect on but when is the right time?”

The 39-year-old added that he has no concerns about being too young or inexperienced to take on a more high-profile job.

“People talk about experience, I was fortunate I experienced working with people like (Jose) Mourinho and (Luiz Felipe) Scolari, something that some managers and coaches will never get in their careers,” he said.

“I worked in the most successful era in Chelsea’s history so I was in pole position in terms of learning. I experienced the Champions League, FA Cup finals and games of that magnitude.

“So if that day ever comes it won’t be a case of ‘do I believe I can work at that level?’

“It gives me comfort that if it comes one day, whether I am 39, 49 or 59, I will know I worked at that level with some of the biggest players in European football and earned their respect as a human being and a coach.

“If it arrives one day I will be ready.”

Rodgers also acknowledged that some level of speculation over his future was always likely given the fact that Swansea have exceeded expectations this season.

“When you have performed as our players have that attention gravitates towards you,” he said.

“But it is not something I am looking for. But it’s the British game, it’s speculation, it’s gossip.

“I can’t control it so I don’t worry about it. My only worry is to move Swansea forward.”

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