Brendan Rodgers: Sacked!
Liverpool Football Club have shockingly confirmed the sacking of their Northern Irish manager Brendan Rodgers
This has come as a surprise to Liverpool and various football fans alike with many expecting Rodgers to stay on to continue working on the passing philosophy he has introduced to the club since his arrival in June. However, Reds owners John Henry
and Tom Werner
have decided to relieve him of his duties after merely a season.
Despite the previous season looking bad on paper, with Liverpool only finishing 7th, a small improvement from their 8th-placed finish last year, as well as losing out in the Fourth Round of both the Capital One Cup and FA Cup, Rodgers has more or less won over the Liverpool fan base with the attractive brand of football he has brought to Anfield and not many will be pleased to see him go.
Liverpool refused to comment on the matter, simply stating that Rodgers had not lived up to expectations and that they already had a replacement in mind.
Various footballing figures have been quick to condemn the apparent rashness of the Liverpool board, with the most vocal being former Manchester United captain and Sky Sports pundit Gary Neville
"Their manager comes in for a season, doesn't do too poorly - and yet he gets sacked, because his side finished 7th and didn't go far in the cup competitions," said Neville, discussing the sacking with Sky Sports. "It is Liverpool we are talking about. They have to start getting used to doing poorly. They aren't the side they were years before and have to stop thinking that they are.
"This is why clubs like Liverpool and Chelsea will never have a managing great like Sir Alex Ferguson."
Rodgers has been conducting transfer businesses of his own and these dealings are not believed to be ceasing with his sacking. Henry and the club's Head of Youth Development Rodolfo Borrell
are understood to be taking charge of sanctioning transfers until a replacement for the Anfield hot seat is brought in.