Swansea Boss Lands Liverpool Job
5/31/2012 3:31:25 PM -
Swansea Boss Brendan Rodgers has agreed a deal to become the new manager of Liverpool Football Club.
The 39-year-old will sign a three-year contract at Anfield and his appointment is likely to be officially confirmed today.
Liverpool will pay Swansea City between £4m and £5m in compensation to secure the Northern Irishman's services.
Liverpool sacked former manager Kenny Dalglish http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/football/18073446 on 16 May after finishing eighth in the Premier League.
The Reds were 17 points away from a Champions League qualification spot, but won the League Cup and reached the FA Cup final. http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/football/17093419 http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/football/17878435
In contrast, Rodgers guided his Swansea side to an impressive first season in the top flight, including a 1-0 win over Liverpool http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/football/17973155 on the final day of the season.
After parting ways with Dalglish, Liverpool embarked on an extensive search for a new manager.
The Reds were linked not only with Rodgers and Wigan manager Roberto Martinez but also former Chelsea boss Andre Villas-Boas, ex-England coach Fabio Capello, http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/football/article-2149568/Fabio-Capello-snubs-Liverpool-hopes-Chelsea-offer-year-deal.html and Ajax manager Frank de Boer. http://www.independent.co.uk/sport/football/premier-league/andre-villasboas-out-of-contention-as-liverpool-have-second-thoughts-over-former-chelsea-manager-7782690.html http://www.guardian.co.uk/football/2012/may/21/ajax-frank-de-boer-liverpool
Rodgers declined the opportunity to speak to Liverpool http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/football/18110974 about the vacancy 12 days ago, and instead the club's hierarchy sought a meeting with Wigan's Martinez.