Date:Saturday July 17 2010
Vital Reading give us their view on Swansea City's new manager, Brendan Rodgers.
Rodgers' playing career ended at the age of just 20 when he was forced to retire due to injury. Before his management debut at Watford, Jose Mourinho appointed him as Youth Team Manager at Chelsea.
The 37 year-old enjoyed a good spell at Vicarage Road in 2008-2009, winning 13 of the his 31 matches in charge of the Hornets. It was his good work here that attracted Reading to appoint him in 2009.
However, he struggled at the Majeski Stadium and won just 6 games out of 23, and after a poor run of results, he was sacked in December 2009.
Rodgers has been out of work since then, and following the tragic death of his mother, he now feels ready again to return to football management.
To understand a bit more about Rodgers and what we can maybe expect from the new boss, Vital Swansea got in touch with Vital Reading and Vital Watford for their views.
Steve Guscott from Vital Reading says:
Well what can I say about Brendan Rodgers?! This time last year I was extremely excited by everything he was saying ahead of his first season in charge, unfortunately that was all he did - talk!
He will use the excuse that he had to sell our best players (Doyle, Hunt etc) but he was also given some decent money to spend and wasted it on the likes of Shaun Cummings. And the decent players he did buy, he never played - for example, he bought Matt Mills for £2 million and never played him, since Rodgers left Mills has proved that he is one of the defenders in this division. McDermott will not get a penny this summer, but has built a squad that is high on team spirit, something sadly lacking under Rodgers.
He doesn't seem to have a favoured formation as he changed it every bloody game, he started with 4-3-3 but regularly used a 4-4-2 diamond with no wingers.
He likes to think he plays nice football but making 100 passes between your goalkeeper and centre back doesn't mean you play a passing game! If you were looking for a direct replacement for Sousa though, I think you have found him going by your description. It took him 3 months to name the same side for two games in a row, even on the rare occasions we won a game.
If I was a Swansea fan I would not be that excited by this appointment, however I am sure he has learnt something from his spell with us and perhaps you could see the benefits of that. And he likes Grzegorz Rasiak, so if you are looking for more strikers then your welcome to him!
Brace yourself for a season of talk about 'World Class Models' and stories of Jose Mourinho!
Now I have said all that, I wouldn't be surprised if goes and gets you promoted - probably at our expense!
I'm sure Watford fans would have a different view on Rodgers, who was far more successful at their club.
Whatever your initial thoughts may be on our new manager, lets get behind him and support Rodgers and the team for the new Championship season which kicks off at Hull City on Saturday 7th August.
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