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Celtic Rangers. FC Barcelona Real Madrid. As far as job interviews go, Brendan Rodgers nailed it. The then Swansea City boss mapped out his blueprint for reviving the fortunes of a club which had finished the season eighth in the Premier League with just 52 points. He vowed to deliver attractive, attacking football and to bring through young talent from the academy.
Henry and Werner were suitably wowed as they searched for a successor to Kenny Dalglish back in May Not only were the Fenway Sports Group hierarchy convinced Rodgers was a better option than Roberto Martinez, who had previously been interviewed, but they were so determined to secure his services that they were prepared to abandon plans to also appoint a Log in.
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How Brendan Rodgers Sowed the Seeds of His Own Downfall at Liverpool
Brendan Rodgers has always talked a good game but this season he has finally been able to practise what he preached. Long before he arrived at Anfield, the man from Carnlough on the Antrim coast of Northern Ireland spoke with a zeal that fans wanted to hear, journalists wanted to listen to and players wanted to respond to. But the question many asked was could he also walk the walk? The answer has been both eloquent and emphatic.
The Dossier: The evolution of Brendan Rodgers
Far from not being ready for the daunting Liverpool job, Brendan Rodgers has been preparing a blueprint for success at the highest level for the past 15 years. And as if to emphasise just how meticulous the new manager is in his approach to the game, that document had swelled to a mind-blowing pages as he outlined his thoughts on how to return the club to the summit of the English game. It was a detail revealed by Henry when he discussed Rodgers in glowing terms this week as Liverpool visited Fenway Park, the home of Boston Red Sox, as part of their north American tour. But if attention to detail and forward thinking count for anything, then he is perhaps the best prepared of anyone to take the reins at the club, as became clear as Rodgers explained the dossier.
Brendan Rodgers gives Liverpool owners 180 page dossier of club's future
His references had been glowing and they had admired his achievements at Swansea City. It set out his vision and his philosophy. It explained how he works and what was required to put the club back challenging at the top of the English game. Plans to appoint a sporting director were shelved as Rodgers was handed total control to put his plans into action. Also my thoughts on the Academy and how we move forward.