30th of May 2012 Author: Glo Wood
Swansea manager Brendan Rodgers is expected to be confirmed as the new Liverpool boss pretty soon, probably in the next couple of days. The two clubs are said to be discussing compensation for the 39-year-old manager, with Swansea looking to receive a compensation payment of between four million and five million pounds.
Rodgers was not among the top favourites for the job, at least according to the media, as Wigan manager Roberto Martinez was considered the main candidate after Liverpool sacked former manager Kenny Dalglish on 16 May.
Liverpool had finished eighth in the Premier League and that was a big disappointment, despite the Reds winning the League Cup and reaching the final of the FA Cup.
Rodgers was an overachiever this season as he guided Swansea to a great first season in the Premier League. He also grabbed a 1-0 win over Liverpool on the final day of the season.
Liverpool have been linked not only with Rodgers and Martinez but also former Chelsea boss Andre Villas-Boas, former England coach Fabio Capello, or Dutch manager Frank de Boer. The Northern Irishman declined the invitation to speak to Liverpool about the vacancy 12 days ago, and that pushed the club to seek a meeting with Wigan's Martinez.
But it seems Rodgers was always the favourite candidate for the Liverpool hierarchy, despite Wigan chairman Dave Whelan suggesting at some point that his manager had been offered the job at Anfield Road.
Brendan Rodgers's managerial career began at Watford in 2008 after being a coach at Reading and Chelsea for a while.
Then Rodgers was in charge of Reading but that didn't go too well and he was later appointed as Swansea boss in July 2010. Under his command the Welsh side achieved promotion to the top flight in May 2011, making Swansea the first ever Welsh team to reach the Premier League.
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