Brendan Rodgers

Years at the club: 2009
Date of birth: 26/01/1973
Birth place: Carnlough, Northern Ireland
Position: Manager
Appearances: 23
Goals: -
Clubs: As Manager: Watford, Swansea City, Liverpool
Honours: -

Rodgers was born in Carnlough, Northern Ireland, to parents Malachy and Christina, the eldest of five brothers. He was educated at St Patrick's College in Ballymena, playing Gaelic football and hurling before taking up football when he was 13.

As a player, Rodgers began his career in Northern Ireland as a defender for Ballymena United He was signed by Reading at the age of 17, where he played throgh the Youth ranks and into the Reserve side. His playing career at Elm Park was cut short at the age of 20 due to a genetic knee condition.

Following this enforced retirement, Rodgers briefly played in non-league football for Newport (IOW), Witney Town and Newbury Town, whilst remaining a youth coach at Reading eventually with responsibility for the Under 18's.

Rodgers moved around Europe studying different coaching methods, and was eventually invited by manager José Mourinho to join the Chelsea Academy as the head youth coach in 2004. He was promoted to reserve team manager two years later, and was kept in that position by Avram Grant and Luiz Felipe Scolari.

Managerial career

On 24 November 2008, Rodgers left Chelsea in order to become manager of Championship side Watford. Rodgers won only two of his first ten league games as manager, and Watford were in the relegation zone by January. Watford's form dramatically improved however, and Rodgers was able to guide them to finish 13th.

After Steve Coppell resigned as Reading manager, Rodgers quickly became the favourite to rejoin his old club. He initially distanced himself from the job, saying that his "concentration (is) fully on Watford", although he would later agree a deal to become the new manager of Reading on 5 June 2009 after a compensation package of an initial £500,000 had been agreed, which later rose to £1 million

On 11 August, Rodgers got his first win as Reading manager with a 5–1 win over League Two side Burton Albion in the first round of the League Cup. Despite a good start in the league, a very disappointing string of results followed, culminating in Rodgers leaving Reading by mutual consent on 16 December, just over six months after his arrival.

Rodgers following the 2011 Football League Championship play-off Final
Rodgers accepted an offer to become the manager of Championship side Swansea City on 16 July 2010. Prior to this appointment he had had talks with regard to joining the coaching staff at Manchester City under manager Roberto Mancini. He got off to a winning start as manager, leading to Rodgers being awarded the Championship Manager of the Month Award for February 2011 after Swansea won five out of the six league games they played that month, whilst keeping four clean sheets. By 25 April 2011 Rodgers had managed to secure Swansea City's place in the 2011 Championship play-offs for promotion into the Premier League with a convincing 4-1 victory over Ipswich Town at the Liberty Stadium. On 16 May 2011, Rodgers led Swansea to the 2011 Football League Championship play-off Final after overcoming favourites Nottingham Forest over two legs. He faced his old club Reading in the final at Wembley Stadium on 30 May 2011, which Swansea won 4-2 thanks in part to a hat-trick from Scott Sinclair, meaning Swansea became the first Welsh team ever to gain promotion to the Premier League.[26] Rodgers was also praised for consoling Reading manager Brian McDermott and owner John Madejski before the trophy presentation.

In January 2012, Swansea claimed their first away win of the season at Aston Villa, a month which saw them beat Arsenal 3–2 at home and hold Chelsea to a 1–1 home draw. This saw Rodgers earn the Premier League Manager of the Month. On February 2012, Rodgers signed a new three-and-a-half-year contract to keep him at the club until July 2015, although the 1-0 win over Liverpool at the Liberty Stadium on the final day of the season – a result that saw Swansea finish 11th – turned out to be Rodgers' last as manager.

On 1 June 2012, Rodgers was unveiled as the new Liverpool manager on a three-year contract following the departure of Kenny Dalglish two weeks previously. Rodgers' appointment was immediately endorsed by former colleague and Real Madrid manager José Mourinho. Days later, Rodgers held his first training session as Liverpool manager at Melwood as some of the squad reported back for pre-season training. On 2 August, Rodgers oversaw his first competitive game as Liverpool manager, a 1–0 win in the Europa League against FC Gomel, and won his first home game in charge in the second leg one week later

(as at Feb. 2013)

Did you know?

Martin Hicks, 1978-1991

Martin holds the club appearance record. He made 603 first team appearances in all competitions.

Neil Webb, 1978-1982

Neil won 26 full England caps, the FA Cup and League Cup.

Bill Davies, 1953-1961

Bill totalled 226 appearances for Reading, playing in every game of the 1958/59 season.

Trevor Senior, 1983-87 / 1988-92

The greatest goalscorer in the club's history, Trevor scored 191 goals in 362 appearances.

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