5 reasons why Brendan Rodgers deserves another shot in the Premier League
It’s been the best part of three years now since Brendan Rodgers was relieved of his duties as Liverpool’s manager and replaced by Jurgen Klopp, and the likelihood is that Reds fans are happier with the German rather than the Northern Irishman at the helm.
Since leaving Liverpool, though, Rodgers has seen plenty of success north of the border with Celtic. He won the Scottish Premiership title at the first time of asking in 2016/17 and looks set to repeat the feat this season, and he’s also won the Scottish Cup and two Scottish League Cups.
While some fans might scoff at the quality of Scottish football right now, it’s hard to deny that Rodgers’ record since moving to Celtic has been impressive. So does he deserve another chance in the English Premier League? Here are five reasons why he does.
#1: Surely he’s better than some of the usual names?
Every Premier League season sees some managerial changes, and 2017/18 has been no different. Of the 20 clubs in the league, no fewer than 9 of them have changed their manager this season, with West Bromwich Albion actually doing so twice. But what of the men brought in to change fortunes during the season?
Roy Hodgson (Crystal Palace), Claude Puel (Leicester) and Carlos Carvahal (Swansea) have clearly had a positive impact, but of the others, the jury is largely out on Javi Gracia (Watford), while Sam Allardyce (Everton), David Moyes (West Ham), Paul Lambert (Stoke) and Mark Hughes (Southampton) can hardly be called successes. And of course, Alan Pardew was brought in by West Brom only to be fired just 5 months later.
So what does this have to do with Rodgers? Well, the fact is that Allardyce, Moyes, Lambert, Hughes and Pardew have been on the managerial merry-go-round time after time with little success to show for it recently. So surely Brendan Rodgers, with his history of success at Celtic, would be a better option? It makes no sense why none of the clubs in trouble have made an approach for the Northern Irishman.
Granted, he might not want to leave the success of Celtic for a relegation battle, but he’d definitely be worth the shot if he decided to make that move. And if he could succeed at one of the lower Premier League clubs, then a bigger one would almost certainly make a move for him. Why one of the strugglers hasn’t attempted to give him another chance is a mystery.