Brendan Rodgers

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Brendan Rodgers
0Full Name Brendan Rodgers
0Date of Birth 26 January 1973
0Place of Birth Carnlough,
Northern Ireland
0Chelsea career 2004-2008
0Role Reserve Team Manager
0Previous Roles Youth Team Manager
0Other clubs Reading
Swansea City

Brendan Rodgers (born 26 January 1973 in Carnlough, Northern Ireland) is a former Youth and Reserve Team manager at Chelsea. He is the father of former academy midfielder Anton Rodgers. He is currently the manager of Liverpool.

Before Chelsea

After retiring from football aged just 20, Brendan moved from the playing staff at Reading into the coaching side. He worked in the academy and became the director before leaving for Chelsea in 2004.

Chelsea career

He was hired by José Mourinho to oversee the Under-18 team, and in particular the large group of first-year scholars arriving at the club that summer, including Scott Sinclair and Sam Hutchinson. Affable by nature, he proved a successful presence in charge of the academy and a quick learner, adopting many of Mourinho's tactical tendencies and traits. Unbeknownst to many, he became able to converse in fluent Portuguese, something which came in handy when the club hired Luiz Felipe Scolari and his backroom staff.

In 2006, Brendan was promoted to Reserve team manager to replace Mick McGiven, and in the process continued to work with the players he had developed in the previous two years at Youth team level. After two more years, which often included coaching the first team on his own for one day a week, he had developed a burgeoning reputation and began to be courted by Championship clubs to become their first team manager.

After Chelsea

On 24 November 2008 Brendan left Chelsea, with permission, to take the vacant Watford. He spent just seven months at Vicarage Road, before returning to Reading to take the first team job in June 2009. However, his stay there was even more brief, and after a poor start he was sacked on 16 December 2009.

Rodgers was appointed manager of Swansea City in July 2010, and gained promotion to the Premier League in his first season in Wales, winning the play-off final against previous employers Reading; former Chelsea forward Scott Sinclair scoring a hat-trick. After a successful first season in the Premier League with Swansea Rodgers was appointed manager of Liverpool.

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