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The most alarming thing about this is that he's 11 days younger than me, so for the first time in my life the manager of LFC is my junior. I'm an old man and my life is over.
How do you think Neil Young feels, last time LFC appointed a manager older than him was back in 1983
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How excited are you about some of the players you will be working with here?

I'm really looking forward to it. I spoke to Steven Gerrard last night. That was fantastic, I had a nice chat with him. I have always worked well with people. To me, it's doesn't matter whether they're big stars or not, the club's success is the most important and every player I work with will have to be a part of the team. There are some wonderful talents. If you look at the likes of Steven; Jamie Carragher has been a wonderful player for this football club; you've got Pepe Reina, who's a top, world-class goalkeeper, and many other talents within the group. I always have a close relationship with players. I speak very openly and honestly with them so they know where they stand. I like to educate players. You train dogs, I like to educate players both on and off the field. Link: The Official
"...has been...". Inappropriate choice of phrase, or slip of the tongue revealing his true thoughts?

Or am I reading far too much into his choice of phrase....
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Old 01-06-12, 12:32 PM   #164
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"...has been...". Inappropriate choice of phrase, or slip of the tongue revealing his true thoughts?

Or am I reading far too much into his choice of phrase....
Nope. Bang on. It's clear for all to see that Carragher isn't the player he once was. No shame in it father time catches up with us all.
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He doesn't seem over-awed by the situation. He seems calm and composed and appears to be a man who knows exactly what he wants. I have a feeling he was meant to be successful at a big club. Hopefully its us.
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Old 01-06-12, 12:42 PM   #166
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Fair play to Brendan, after two hours of press he waited to give us Welsh journos a personal tour of club and half hour chat. Class act
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Old 01-06-12, 12:44 PM   #168
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So fuckin impressed with him.


He seems like Mr. Right for us. I know we're all doing the football equivalent of leaving our muck on her leg on the way in but fuck it! Great to feel the air of positivity! Time to hope for greatness again!
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Fair play to Brendan, after two hours of press he waited to give us Welsh journos a personal tour of club and half hour chat. Class act
The blind leading the blind I wonder if he had to ask for directions whilst taking them on the tour.
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1st Jun 2012 - Latest News

Brendan Rodgers today pledged to 'fight for his life' to bring the glory days back to Anfield - but admitted he would need time to turn Liverpool back into title contenders.


The Northern Irishman gave his first press conference in the Anfield trophy room on Friday morning after being appointed as Kenny Dalglish's successor.

He outlined his philosophy to get Liverpool playing attacking, entertaining football like that executed by Swansea last season.

But he insisted that patience would be required.

Rodgers told the media: "This is a long-term project. It's a project over a number of years.

"First and foremost I want to defend the principles of this great club which is about offensive, creative football, with tactical discipline.

"The history of the club was the attraction. Also, the frustrations - it's been nearly 20 years since they've won the league title.

"And the realism is that we might not be ready for the title now but the process begins today and it's a new cycle. That's something we'll work towards in the years to come.

"I've come here hoping Liverpool will be the destination (for me). Liverpool is a club that if you have success and improve the team, hopefully you can be here for many years and that's the idea for arriving here.

"I'm really looking forward to moving here to the city with my family and understanding more about life up north and in Liverpool, which is a really vibrant city - and, of course, I'm looking forward to managing the football club.

"(Whether I'll be here longer than my contract) is about results and the progress of the team.

"All I'll ever do is all I've ever done in any job, and that's promise to fight for my life for the supporters and the people of the city."


Journalists put it to Rodgers that he would have to work to impress the supporters here at Liverpool.

He replied: "When I arrived at Swansea it was pretty much similar. I'd come off a period at Reading where it didn't quite work out.

"But I was realistic - I didn't want to make any false promises. I'm a realist and I'll always give my life to the football club and trying to represent the city as best as I possibly can. Hopefully over time I'll earn that respect."

At 39, Rodgers is the youngest appointee to the Anfield dugout since Graeme Souness, but the man himself does not see inexperience as an issue.

"My pathways as a young coach and manager have been different to most," he said. "Even though I'm young in age, I've actually been coaching and working in football for nearly 20 years.

"I think what really helped me was the fact that I had four-and-a-half fantastic years at Chelsea, where I had the experience of working with big players.

"In terms of age, I'd say look at Kenny Dalglish. He was the manager here at 34 and he resigned at 39. In that period he won two leagues and two FA Cups. So, I arrive here at 39, maybe young in age but with experience in terms of the game."

One difference for Rodgers at Liverpool will be the calibre of players at his disposal - not that he is daunted by working with top internationals.

Our new gaffer operated under Jose Mourinho at Chelsea and so has plenty of experience of dealing with high-profile players.

"Footballers are footballers, they want to learn, they want to be educated and want to improve," he said. "That's something that I've done with all types of player, young and senior, throughout my career.

"It's about people, for me it doesn't matter where people are in terms of status. I always take them as human beings. I never judge anyone; I never look at their status. For me, whether you're a League Two player or a top Premier League player, it's about respect.

"And I've carried that respect through from working with kids to some of the biggest players in the world.

"For me the idea is very much the same as it's always been. It's very much about earning respect and I've always done that. I've had to do that. That's been my life. I was never the big player; I had to go down a different route which was about being on the coaching field and earning my respect that way. But also as a human being and treating people with the values and the morals that I would expect to be treated with."

Following Dalglish's departure last month, Rodgers made it public that he would not take part in the initial round of interviews for the Liverpool job.

He explained what changed: "I spoke to the chairman at Swansea and I've always said if I left Swansea City it would be for a top cub and I would have to be that club's number one choice. And at that time I was in a process. I was happy at Swansea, I wasn't crying to leave. But obviously when Liverpool came in for a second time and said I was the number one choice then I had to think seriously about it.

"I spoke to the chairman Huw Jenkins, who is a fantastic man - we had a great working relationship there and a close personal relationship, and he gave me permission to speak to Liverpool. Once I found out I was number one from the important people at Liverpool, then it was quite an easy decision."

Rodgers also spoke of his great respect for his former employers and Wales as a country.

Quizzed on whether he would return to the Liberty Stadium to look for players, he answered: "The only time I want to talk about Swansea today is to give them thanks - and to the nation of Wales, because my time there with the media and the people has been incredible.

"It was a really special two years for me at Swansea City. We created history by becoming the first Welsh team to gain promotion to the Barclays Premier League.

"It's a sad day to leave Swansea, of course, because I have so many friends there. What we created has been incredible, really. I've got huge respect for them as a football club and as people.

"It's a fantastic club that I'm sure will keep progressing because of the model they have and the chairman."

Rodgers was also asked what kind of reaction there had been back home in Northern Ireland to his appointment as Liverpool manager.

He said: "I'm very proud to be Liverpool manager. I'm only the second Northern Irish manager (after John McKenna) in the history of the club. It's a club with wonderful tradition and I feel very blessed with the opportunity to come and manage here.

"I think the ferries will now be coming across and the planes will be packed out. They normally are anyway. But no, obviously Liverpool is a massive club in the north and south of Ireland and that was part of the attraction of coming here - it's a worldwide football club with an incredible tradition.

"I just can't wait to get started and to get to work."
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Old 01-06-12, 12:49 PM   #172
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Old 01-06-12, 12:49 PM   #173
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Really starting to look like the perfect manager for LFC. Journo on SSN saying he can be ruthless and if anyone at the club needs speaking to, he will do it.
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Brendan Rodgers just leaving Anfield. Did a detour to go speak to fans taking the stadium tour. What a treat. #lfc
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Old 01-06-12, 12:51 PM   #175
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Such a calm authority about him, thoughtful and articulate too. Seems pretty inspirational. Can't wait to see it all unfold.
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Even just from that presser you can tell he gets it. I think we've got the right man here lads!
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Old 01-06-12, 12:58 PM   #177
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Thank goodness some of the foreboding in this thread is finally being washed away with optimism.

He's very impressive speaking Spanish too. Broke into the lingo like it was his first language. And it seems like he's already highlighted what he needs to do to get us playing the BarSwalona way (i.e. get rid of some players and bring in 3/4 of his choosing).

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All this blind optimism is making me a little sick. Hope you lads are right.
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All this blind optimism is making me a little sick. Hope you lads are right.
I like what i see so far, but i'm far from thinking we've cracked it just yet, all we can say so far, is the bloke himself looks like he could be a great LFC manager..... if all go's well.

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Thank goodness some of the foreboding in this thread is finally being washed away with optimism.

He's very impressive speaking Spanish too. Broke into the lingo like it was his first language.
And it seems like he's already highlighted what he needs to do to get us playing the BarSwalona way (i.e. get rid of some players and bring in 3/4 of his choosing).

Take a bow KB.
Didnt see that, is there a video of it?
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Didnt see that, is there a video of it?
Wasn't on the presser today. Saw it on the MOTD3 YouTube clip somewhere in this thread a few days ago. Was impressed with him there and then.
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Gerrard Press Conf for England - Made a point that Rodgers was the first choice all along. He was kept in the loop from the beginning by the owners and chairman
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Gerrard Press Conf for England - Made a point that Rodgers was the first choice all along. He was kept in the loop from the beginning by the owners and chairman
So now we know who the football people were that the owners were consulting with.
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I like what i see so far, but i'm far from thinking we've cracked it just yet, all we can say so far, is the bloke himself looks like he could be a great LFC manager..... if all go's well.
Agreed, there's definitely potential there and I've liked what I've seen and heard this morning. I think I'm just too used to arguing and complaining
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So now we know who the football people were that the owners were consulting with.
This has an air of forboding about it now

Might as well have asked a sports journalist
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So now we know who the football people were that the owners were consulting with.
and also those itk'ers were full of shit.
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could have been worse could have been Carra
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I think he'll leave this summer. You can tell he's not really bothered anymore his keeping has been below par for the past two seasons and I think he wants to go back to Spain, as he's been pretty vocal about Lfc probs in the past two summers. I'd love Vorm to replace him personally.
I think Pepe has the most to gain from this appointment in terms of players. We'll see the old Pepe Reina soon enough.
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I think Pepe has the most to gain from this appointment in terms of players. We'll see the old Pepe Reina soon enough.
As well as the yoofs. imo.
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Whoever we could have brought in - Benitez aside - would have been a massive gamble but I'll support the new manager as usual (the exception being Hodgson, who I wanted to fail from the outset).

I'm still a little underwhelmed by it all though. When I saw Rodgers' and Martinez's names being bandied about as options it was a little like asking a condemned man if he'd prefer to be hanged or shot.

Anyway at least Rodgers did have Swansea playing much better football than the rubbish we mostly played last season, so there's at least cause for a little optimism. Just has to clear out some of Dalglish's useless players and sign some who can pass the ball and we'll be in business
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feeling very good about this new start.

if he gets 4 signings this summer then I think we can start enjoying a few performances next season. we've players who are internationals are tactically capable enough to start playing his system pretty quick imho.

we passed a lot last season, if he adds some specific movements/strategies to that then im sure we can get going quite soon.

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