Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers was dismissed on Sunday, paying the cost for the club’s 18-month droop.
Brendan Rodgers has admitted his disappointment at leaving Liverpool after he was sacked as manager on Sunday afternoon.
Borussia Dortmund CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke says he is unsure whether Jurgen Klopp will take the vacant managerial role at Liverpool but has backed his former coach to be a success at any top European club.
He insisted that he worked “every day” to represent the club to the best of his abilities and “develop both individual players and a team that the club’s magnificent fans” could be proud of.
Rodgers’ standing has declined since the high of nearly guiding the club to their first league title in over two decades in 2013-14, and results towards the end of last season and the beginning of this forced FSG to pull the trigger, albeit earlier than many expected.
Rodgers, who said he is in no rush to take another job, added the Reds squad was in transition but was showing a “strong sense of togetherness”.
Liverpool’s decision to sack Brendan Rodgers just eight games into the new Premier League season could cost the club more than £10million.
“I think with either of those coming to Liverpool, the Liverpool supporters would be ecstatic: Carlo Ancelotti a Champions League victor three times, and we know what Klopp did at Borussia Dortmund“, he told Sky Sports.
“I am always sad when that happens because I think he is a quality manager“. Rodgers failed to win a single trophy during his three years at the helm, and qualified for the Champions League on just one occasion.
– Whoever Liverpool ends up choosing, they will likely be announced and installed in time for the Reds’ visit to Tottenham on October 17th.
Klopp is understood to have spoken to former Liverpool and Germany midfielder Dietmar Hamann about the club, the city and the fans, the BBC reported.
– The other leading candidate is Carlo Ancelotti, now on sabbatical after being cut loose by Real Madrid over the summer.
Henry had personal involvement in the last appointment, being pictured meeting Roberto Martinez for coffee in Miami before the Spaniard withdrew himself from the process, but, having opted for a young manager with potential back in 2012, FSG are now inclined to appoint someone who has a proven record.
Their attention will now switch to finding a new manager for the team, with former Dortmund manager Klopp the frontrunner in the race for the job.