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Where will Brendan Rodgers end up next season?

Crippy Cooke in Editorial, English Premier League 10 Feb 2016

Liverpool sacked Brendan Rodgers in October.

Liverpool sacked Brendan Rodgers in October.

Former Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers recently revealed five clubs in the Premier League have approached him since his departure from Anfield, but admitted he wasn’t ready to jump straight back into a role. The 43-year-old was axed by the Merseysiders for Borussia Dortmund’s Jurgen Klopp, but that hasn’t stopped clubs still pinning their faith in Rodgers when searching for a manager.

Premier League sides quickly approached him

Rodgers admitted former club Swansea City were one of the sides that he’d spoken to, with Aston Villa and Sunderland potentially the two other Premier League outfits keen on his signature according to various sources. He turned down the chance for a swift Premier League return, and even revealed he could join a low-league side or team abroad in the future.

Brendan Rodgers is 6/1 to be Tottenham Hotspur’s next permanent manager should incumbent Mauricio Pochettino be headhunted by a European giant, but it’s unlikely Spurs would let Pochettino leave, let alone targeting the Irish coach as his replacement. Rodgers has also been linked with a move to Championship side Derby County after caretaker manager Darren Wassall vacates the role in the summer, but his future is still in the air.

Rodgers focusing on improving his coaching methods before returning

“I have had five opportunities since I left Liverpool to get back into work, all at clubs I really respect. But I just felt I wanted to take some time out. It is very intense when you are in the game. I wasn’t going to be available to come into a club before the summer. I can sit and reflect on how I work and can improve and I hope my next club will benefit from that. I will look to get back somewhere by pre-season,” said Rodgers.

Admitting that he has no real preference on which club he’ll join next, Brendan Rodgers is enjoying his time off to study the game without the scrutiny of the English media. He certainly needs to restore his reputation after a failed spell with Liverpool, but could well avoid the idea of joining a club with large expectations again. Rodgers will be greatly coveted by a number of sides, so it could be the most attractive project that lures him in.

He’s expected to be back in management for 2016/17 and is hoping he can benefit from taking time off to work on his coaching. He’s sure to choose his next job very carefully as he won’t want another failed tenure on his CV.

So where will Brendan Rodgers end up next season?


Crippy Cooke

Crippy Cooke has somehow written for the Telegraph, Independent, Huffington Post, Zoo Magazine, Daily Mail, ITV Football, MSN Sport, Yahoo Sport, London24 and Bleacher Report among others, despite knowing less about football than your average Fan TV member . The weekly accumulator enthusiast is saving up his winnings to pay for a much-needed hair transplant but grows more on his chin than his head. He lives and breathes football and somehow makes a living writing from it.



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