Brendan Rodgers

Introducing New City Manager Brendan Rodgers

Brendan Rodgers arrives at Leicester City with a distinguished CV defined by his record-breaking management of some of the world's biggest football clubs.
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Rodgers was born in Carnlough, Northern Ireland, in 1973 and joins the Foxes after winning a double of 'trebles' with Celtic, the 49-time champions of Scotland.

During his two-and-a-half-year spell in Glasgow, Rodgers’ side also embarked on a staggering 69-game unbeaten run – the longest stretch in 100 years of British football.

The 46-year-old leaves the Bhoys having won every domestic trophy he has contested over an unprecedented period of success.

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Brendan Rodgers
Brendan Rodgers

Rodgers won the treble two times in a row with Celtic, as well as lifting this season's Scottish League Cup before Christmas.

Following on from guiding Swansea City to becoming the first Welsh club to compete in the Premier League and establishing Liverpool as genuine title contenders, Rodgers holds a reputation as one of the game’s most respected and successful managers.

In 1990, the young defender moved to Reading from local side Ballymena United, but a promising playing career was cut short by injury.

Five years later, Reading called upon their former player to work within the academy in his 20s, where some players under him were a similar age.

After heading to Spain to learn new coaching techniques, Rodgers accepted an invitation from José Mourinho to join Chelsea as head youth coach in 2004.

Throughout these formative years, he continued to travel across Europe, visiting clubs such as Valencia CF, Sevilla FC and FC Barcelona, to exchange ideas and develop new philosophies.

Within just two years, his ability to inspire the next generation led to a new position as reserve team coach – a role he also held under Avram Grant and Luiz Felipe Scolari.

But in 2008, a job offer to be first team manager of Championship side Watford proved persuasive with the Hornets finishing the season in 13th-place.

Following a short time with Reading, Rodgers' reputation for playing attractive football and promoting youth led to an approach from Swansea City in the summer of 2010.

The departure of Paulo Sousa – who in fact joined Leicester City – presented an opening for Rodgers to take over a talented squad with promotion ambitions.

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Brendan Rodgers
Brendan Rodgers

Swansea were promoted in 2011 under Rodgers' management and later settled quickly to life in the Premier League.

Rodgers continued to impress as a manager and, by February, the ex-Ballymena United youth graduate had been named as Manager of the Month after securing five wins in six.

A Play-Off berth was secured and a two-legged success over Nottingham Forest in the semi-finals set up a showpiece final at Wembley against former club Reading.

A hat-trick from Scott Sinclair, who would also follow him to Celtic, sealed a 4-2 success in London, making Swansea the first-ever Welsh club to grace the Premier League.

Before the new season, though, Rodgers embarked on a charity climb up Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania – and later dedicated his efforts to his parents.

Rodgers' Swans started the 2011/12 season as favourites for relegation but a 3-0 win over West Bromwich Albion in September was an early indication of their prowess.

Positive results against the likes of Liverpool, Newcastle United, Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea, meanwhile, enabled them to secure a comfortable 11th-place finish.

That season also included another personal accolade in the shape of the Manager of the Month award in January, after a 3-2 success over Arsène Wenger's Arsenal. 

Following the departure of Kenny Dalglish at Liverpool, though, an irresistible opportunity to manage 18-time champions and five-time European Cup winners Liverpool presented itself for Rodgers – a reward for years of encouraging progress.

While his first season at Anfield ended with a seventh-place finish, his second term was a memorable one as the Merseyside club embarked on a serious title challenge.

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Brendan Rodgers
Brendan Rodgers

Rodgers swiftly became a popular figure at Anfield and led the Reds to second-place in the Premier League in 2014.

With Luis Suárez and Daniel Sturridge scoring the goals, Steven Gerrard's midfield power providing the engine, and the guile of Philippe Coutinho, signed for a modest fee from Internazionale, the Reds played flowing, expressive football under Rodgers.

Liverpool scored 101 league goals during the 2013/14 campaign, the club's highest tally since the 1895/96 season, and the third-highest in Premier League history.

While Manchester City were eventually crowned as champions, Rodgers' ability to transform Liverpool’s fortunes and restore pride at Anfield led to several individual awards. 

In the summer, Rodgers was presented with the LMA Manager of the Year award, becoming the first Reds boss to clinch that title in over 20 years.

A sixth-place finish during the following campaign also included a run to the semi-finals of the FA Cup, but Rodgers' tenure ended in October 2015 after a 1-1 draw at rivals Everton.

The news came as a surprise considering the squad Rodgers, a cousin of former Foxes caretaker manager Nigel Worthington, had built at Anfield, but the following summer, another exciting opportunity to build a dynasty of success arose in Scotland at Celtic.

Citing the size of their fanbase and the impact former Bhoys star Tommy Burns, a coach at Reading, had on his career, Rodgers promised to herald an era of success.

While his new side were tipped for domestic honours, the sheer extent of their dominance over Scottish football startled even the most optimistic of supporters. 

His first trophy was the club's 100th, a Scottish League Cup in November, while three consecutive victories over Rangers - for the first time - cemented Celtic's supremacy.

By the end of 2016, the Bhoys were top of the Scottish Premiership with 58 points from a possible 60 and the title was secured in April before a 5-1 win over Rangers.

In the end, Celtic were the first Scottish side to complete a top-flight season undefeated since 1899 with a margin of 30 points between them and Aberdeen.

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Brendan Rodgers

A simply breathtaking spell at Celtic followed for Rodgers.

A 2-1 win over the Dons in the Scottish Cup final, meanwhile, sealed the treble for the fourth time in the club's history – prolonging their domestic unbeaten run for the length of an entire season under Rodgers’ management.

The following term, in November, Celtic beat St Johnstone 4-0 to surpass a 100-year British record for consecutive domestic fixtures undefeated, standing at 62 matches.

Later that month, a 2-0 success over Motherwell retained the Scottish League - before a defeat by Hearts finally ended Celtic's magnificent 69-game unbeaten run.

Rodgers' second and Celtic's seventh successive title was sealed in unforgettable fashion, too, as a 5-0 rout of Rangers at Celtic Park extended their run of games without defeat by the Gers to 12 matches.

Their unstoppable, trophy-laden march continued in May with a Scottish Cup title - via a 2-0 win over Motherwell - confirming the first-ever 'double treble' in Scottish history. 

The Northern Irishman's seventh and final piece of silverware at Celtic – with the help of Leicester City loanee Filip Benković – came as recently as November 2018 as Ryan Christie's solitary goal sealed a 1-0 win over Aberdeen in the Scottish League Cup Final.

Upon joining the Club, Rodgers, the Club’s second Northern Irish full-time first team manager told LCFC TV: “I’d just like to say that I’m very privileged and honoured to be here as the manager.

“I promise that I’ll give my life to making them proud of their team and proud of their club, and I look forward to working with them because together we’re stronger.

“It’s been a really difficult period, like I say, but my message is that together we’ll be stronger and on and off the pitch let’s make the right steps forward and I look forward to, like I say, making them proud of their team.”

Brendan Rodgers’ managerial honours

Swansea City

Championship Play-Offs: 2010/11

Celtic

Scottish Premiership: 2016/17, 2017/18

Scottish Cup: 2016/17, 2017/18

Scottish League Cup: 2016/17, 2017/18, 2018/19

Individual

LMA Manager of the Year: 2013/14

PFA Scotland Manager of the Year: 2016/17

SFWA Manager of the Year: 2016/17

Scottish Premiership Manager of the Season: 2016/17

Premier League Manager of the Month: January 2012, August 2013, March 2014

Championship Manager of the Month: February 2011

Scottish Premiership Manager of the Month: August 2016, October 2016, December 2016, April 2017, September 2017

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