Rodgers: I Was Wrong To Leave Watford
Brendan Rodgers admits he was wrong to leave Watford to join Reading in 2009, as he returns to his former club on Tuesday aiming to get his first League away win as Swansea City manager.
Rodgers' departure from Watford can be compared to that of Roberto Martinez's from us. He declared his loyalty and dedication to the Hornets but then joined the Royals in June 2009. He did a good job at Watford - and his efforts there attracted Reading following Steve Coppell's exit.
However, Rodgers' short spell at Reading was a disappointing one. He was looking to change the footballing style at the Majeski Stadium but the club wasn't prepared to remain patient and wait to see if his new attacking style would pay off. 23 games, including 11 losses later he was sacked 6 months later.
The Irishman then waited 7 months before taking the Swansea job, and he knew that he didn't have to make drastic changes at the Liberty Stadium to implement his style and way of working.
Speaking about his time at Watford, his decision to leave and the game on Tuesday, he said:
"My gut feeling at the time was to leave but there is no doubt that I shouldn't have,"
"The atmosphere will be more personal and tense than usual. The fans will want to show I shouldn't have left — but I can handle it.
"There was a lot of tension last season and I had a bodyguard. I was told there was a threat against my life."