No one was surprised about his departure but a lot were surprised about its timing. A 1-1 draw away to your rivals, where for glimmers of the first half you play well, grants you an exodus. Yet, when you pick up eight points from nine games at the end of the season you are given eighty million to spend in the transfer window. It doesn’t quite make sense. Why would you give that amount of money to a manager you clearly don’t believe in as you give him just eight Premier League games to prove his worth, in a season where all Premier league teams are struggling to maintain form. He was a manager who’s departure didn’t seem to get a saddened acknowledgement from those who didn’t support the club. Instead It sparked an explosion of schadenfreude on social media, mocking him for his now famous catchphrase used in numerous interviews, “I thought we showed great character”.
Rodgers is now in search of a job, but where is best for him?
It has to be Spain. Rodgers has high ambitions and is a manager who really wants to push to win trophies and with none of the top English clubs needing his expertise, looking abroad looks like the best option. With Real Madrid Barcelona and Atletico Madrid looking like distant dream destinations, a club such as Valencia who have had a jittery start to the season, could tempt Rodgers. With an attractive style of play always at the forefront of his plans he good be a good proposition for the club. It’s a team that will infinitely struggle to reach the heights of Real Madrid and Barcelona, but it’s a club that can challenge for other silverware. He’s openly described his passion for moving to Spain with an added bonus being that he already knows the language. However as Guillem Balague said if anything Rodgers “Will be going to Spain to learn as much as to succeed” and will find it difficult to settle in as the coaching is much more advanced in Spain in comparison to England.
Although it’s no where near his dream job, it’s a job that would be within his comfort zone. If Steve McClaren’s poor form continues with Newcastle his departure could be on the horizon. With a large crowd desperately needing an uplift after a disappointing few seasons they may be looking for a coach,like Rodgers, who has had experience at the top end of the table and will be able to progress Newcastle into a team that can win trophies. Although it wouldn’t be easy, Newcastle have the foundations of a big club and could transition into a club troubling at the top, which would definitely interest Rodgers. However, the crowd are going to be very judgemental if there is a new manager as they don’t want another relegation battle. Would Rodgers want this pressure?
But Southampton have got Ronald Koeman. They do, but his time at Southampton has been very impressive, retaining the Southampton way of developing youth and maintaining the quality that Pochetinno influenced, which makes it likely that he will want to move on to bigger and better things. Rodgers certainly bought a lot of players from Southampton, and with the Europa league a realistic target and a stability in their quality it’s a move very much suited to Rodgers.
It’s possible that there won’t be an opening that takes the Northern Irishman’s fancy over the coming season.
If their World Cup exploits are anything to go by the Euros could be the deciding factor on Roy Hodgsons future, leaving the job open to a certain Brendon Rodgers. It’s a challenge, but he’s said he likes challenges and with a lot of experience of the English game and managing a number of young English players during his time at Liverpool he could be a good fit in improving the international teams luck in the big competitions.
Well let’s just say Brendan Rodgers is going to have to show great character if he is to get this job.