Coaches always carry the can for their underperforming players. Owners buy the glamor signings to appease their fans and when the tide turns, it’s often the coach left packing his suitcase. By all measure Brendan Rodgers had the hunger and talent to prove a success at one of England’s biggest clubs, but his downfall can be linked to a multitude of bad choices and near misses that makes his reign ultimately a failure.
To chop and change manager in October is a signal to the English Premier League that Liverpool are tired of settling for a place in the Europa League. Jürgen Klopp’s arrival last week sparked a media frenzy not seen since Jose Mourinho’s first stint at Chelsea in 2004. The German has that extra bit of pizzazz and leadership you can’t learn from a textbook. When someone with that quality is on the market you have to pounce before a rival snatches them from your grasp.
The common consensus in British football was that Brendan Rodgers was a huge fan of … well … Brendan Rodgers. He subtly spoke himself up in the media and lectured interviewers about his tactical acumen. The Liverpool job is a pressure cooker and when the acid test arrived Rodgers was found wanting.
Now that the dust has settled and the Northern Irishman has left with a golden handshake on sabbatical from the game, it’s time to look at the chalkboard and find out exactly why this man is no longer Liverpool manager. Here they are – the 15 reasons Brendan Rodgers was sacked.
15 15. Lampooned on Social Media
14 14. Imbalanced Squad
13 13. Fenway Sports Group Tension
12 12. Wasting Money
11 11. Predictable Sound Bytes
10 10. Ex-Player Criticism
9 9. Transfer Committee
8 8. Lack of Experience
7 7. Ego
6 6. Formation Changes
5 5. Loss of Principles
4 4. Better Option Elsewhere
3 3. Mario Balotelli
2 2. Steven Gerrard
1 1. No Results & No Trophy
The cupboard lay bare. When it’s all said and done – sport is about winning. Since the incredible run where they finished a Steven Gerrard slip away from winning the title in 2013/14, scoring a record number of goals and winning 11 consecutive matches, he couldn’t sustain the rage. Draws at home to Norwich and FC Sion told it’s own story where it was clear he lost the control and support of important players in the dressing room. Coming in from Swansea the young manager had big ambitions to lift the club back to it’s glory days, but the FA Cup semi final defeat to Aston Villa at Wembley last season threw away any chance of winning silverware.
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