Brendan Rodgers’ reign as Liverpool manager is over. The 42-year-old was sacked by the club’s owner, Fenway Sports Group (FSG), an hour after a 1-1 draw against Merseyside rivals Everton extended Liverpool’s poor run to one win in nine matches.
This follows the dismissal earlier Saturday, of the Sunderland manager, Dutchman, Dick Advocaat.
Rodgers indicated the end of his three year tenure was close in his post-match press conference at Goodison Park. When asked whether he was encouraged that Liverpool’s players were still clearly playing for their manager, the Northern Irishman issued an impassioned defence of his reign but also warned the club faced a lengthy rebuilding job: “whether that is with me or someone else in the job.”
Those words proved prophetic, or showed the manager had prior knowledge of his impending departure, when Liverpool released a statement at 6.30pm GMT announcing that Rodgers had gone. It is understood the manager was informed of the decision in person by chief executive Ian Ayre and Mike Gordon, FSG’s president, explained the action to Rodgers by telephone.
A joint statement issued by principal owner John W Henry, chairman Tom Werner and Gordon read: “We would like to place on record our sincere thanks to Brendan Rodgers for the significant contribution he has made to the club and express our gratitude for his hard work and commitment. All of us have experienced some wonderful moments with Brendan as manager and we are confident he will enjoy a long career in the game.
“Although this has been a difficult decision, we believe it provides us with the best opportunity for success on the pitch. Ambition and winning are at the heart of what we want to bring to Liverpool and we believe this change gives us the best opportunity to deliver it. The search for a new manager is underway and we hope to make an appointment in a decisive and timely manner.”
As FSG have stated, the process of appointing Rodgers’ successor has begun with Jurgen Klopp the popular choice among the club’s supporters. Former Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti has also been linked with a return to the Premier League at Anfield.
Meanwhile, Jurgen Klopp may have already signed a three-year contract to succeed Brendan Rodgers as Liverpool manager, according to reports.
The former Borussia Dortmund boss is now favourite to replace Rodgers after the Northern Irish boss was sacked following the side’s 1-1 draw with Everton.
Reds supporters immediately began calling for Klopp to be appointed as their new manager following Rodgers’ sacking.
And Klopp has actually put pen to paper on a deal, according to Bosnian news outlet Pravdabl.
Klopp arrives at Liverpool with a glowing reputation and will supposedly bring assistant Zeljko Buvac with him.
Buvac is Bosnian himself and Pravdabl claim that they have been allowed to exclusively break the story.
Pravdabl claim that Buvac gave them permission to break the news.