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Liverpool set to unveil Rodgers

31 May 2012 20:08:47

Liverpool set to unveil Rodgers

Brendan Rodgers will be officially presented as Liverpool manager on Friday morning after a compensation deal with Swansea for him and a number of backroom staff was finalised.

The 39-year-old will become the club's 20th manager in their 120-year history but their fourth in the last two years. He will bring with him assistant Colin Pascoe, performance analyst Chris Davies and head of sports science and medicine Glen Driscoll.

Swansea were looking for between £4million and £5million to compensate them for the loss of Rodgers, who only signed a new three-and-a-half-year contract in February. There was some additional negotiation by the Welsh club over recompense for the loss of their other staff.

That has now been successfully concluded and Rodgers will officially take up his position on Friday, when he will hold a press conference in the Anfield trophy room.

Owners Fenway Sports Group will hope, after an exhaustive search over the last fortnight, the Northern Irishman is the man who will lead the club into a new era at Anfield after the chopping and changing which has taken place in recent times.

Having dismissed Roy Hodgson just six months after replacing fans' favourite Rafael Benitez - and just three months into their ownership following the reign of Tom Hicks and George Gillett - FSG had little option but to put Kenny Dalglish in temporary charge.

The club icon was given a three-year permanent contract in May last year after markedly improving performances but he was never the Americans' preferred choice for the vision they had and when results failed to continue to improve this season the writing was on the wall for the Scot.

Even a Carling Cup triumph and FA Cup final appearance could not mask deficiencies in their league form which saw the club finish eighth, 17 points adrift of the top four.

Dalglish was sacked three days after losing, coincidentally, 1-0 at Swansea and FSG began their quest to bring in a new, younger manager with fresh ideas while restructuring the football side of operations.

The appointment of Rodgers signals the start of that sea-change and further details are expected to be revealed at the press conference regarding the Americans' ideas about the roles of sporting and technical directors, considering Rodgers was not keen to cede control of football matters to a higher authority.


PA

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