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Rodgers sets out Anfield vision
Published : 01 Jun 2012 13:17:12
New Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers exerted his authority in his interview with the club's owners by insisting he would not work under a director of football.
The 39-year-old has shown great strength of character throughout the whole recruitment process and turned down an initial approach a fortnight ago as he wanted to be considered first choice and not just one of many options.
When it was made clear to him by Fenway Sports Group (FSG) this week that he was their preferred option, he relented somewhat but he was not prepared to compromise on his ideals. Rodgers said: "It is one of the items I brought up when I was speaking to the club was that I wouldn't directly work with a director of football."
He added: "I work best around a group of people and it is about a group of people. When you come to a big club you can't do it on your own. There is not one of us that is better than all of us.
"But what you need at a football club is you need an outstanding recruitment team, an outstanding medical and sports science team, player liaison team and these are all people who will come into the group and we will form a little technical board. There will be four or five people around that group who will decide the way forward."
FSG remain committed to a continental-style structure within the club, which will mean there will be a number of people appointed to cover the roles usually undertaken by a sporting director.
Rodgers, who said he was happy at Swansea, took a bold decision to turn down Liverpool's advances first time around but admitted he could not reject them when the call came again.
"I spoke to the chairman at Swansea and I always said if I left them it would be for a top club, but I would have to be the number one choice," he added. "At that time maybe I was in a process so I was happy at Swansea, I was not crying to leave.
"When Liverpool came back in a second time to say I was the number one choice, I had to think seriously about it.
"I spoke with the Swansea chairman Huw Jenkins, who is a fantastic man, and he gave me permission to speak. Once I had found out I was the number one target from the important people at Liverpool it was quite an easy decision. I'm very proud, it's a club with wonderful tradition and I feel very blessed with the opportunity to manage the club."