Swansea City will begrudgingly start to search for a new manager following the news that fan favourite Brendan Rodgers will leave the Welsh club to replace Kenny Dalglish at Liverpool. Rodgers initially rejected an approach from The Reds but in the end seems to have found the lure of managing one of the Premier League’s top clubs too strong. The 39-year-old is expected to sign a contract with the Merseyside club in the next 24 hours.
Over the last couple of years Rodgers has established himself as one of the hottest properties in English football following his impressive work with Swansea. In his first full season at the club he led them to promotion from the Championship after beating Reading in the play-off final, with The Swans becoming the first Welsh team to play in the Premier League. In their first season in the top flight Swansea shocked critics with their attacking and fast paced style of football, which saw them finish in a very creditable 11th place, just five points behind Liverpool.
Since the 2011/12 season came to a close Rodgers’ name has constantly been in the spotlight, with Liverpool, West Brom, Aston Villa and Chelsea all searching for a new manager. Despite only recently signing a new three-and-a-half-year contract with Swansea Rodgers has decided to test his credentials at Liverpool. The appointment has produced a mixed reaction and Rodgers is sure to come under pressure as soon as the whistle blows to signal the start of the new season.
The Next Swansea Manager Odds have now opened up, with a variety of names featured in the betting. Brighton boss Gus Poyet and Swansea’s first team coach Colin Pascoe have emerged as the early favourites to replace Rodgers but at this stage the odds are likely to change by the minute. Other names in the mix include Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, Steve Bruce, Alan Curtis and Alan Curbishley.