4 Oct 2015

'The next Liverpool manager is...': Ex-Red claims 'amazing' CL winner will replace Rodgers (or Klopp)

It's been a long time coming, but it's finally happened: FSG have sacked Brendan Rodgers, and according to ex-Red Stan Collymore, there are only two candidates in the frame to become the next Liverpool manager.

Liverpool's official statement:

"Brendan Rodgers will leave his post with immediate effect after having his contract terminated.

"The process to appoint a new manager is underway".

FSG statement:

“Although this has been a difficult decision, we believe it provides us with the best opportunity for success.

"Ambition and winning are at the heart of what we want...and this change gives us the best opportunity to deliver it. The search for a new manager is underway and we hope to make an appointment in a decisive and timely manner.”

Reacting to the news, Collymore tweeted:

"The next Liverpool manager is Ancelloti on an 18 month/2 year deal or Klopp on a 3 to 4. There are no other scenarios. None".

Current odds:

* Klopp: 1/3 odds-on favourite.

* Ancelotti: 5/2 second favourite.

According to Norway legend Jan Aage Fjortoft - a football analyst for Sky Sports Germany:

There's never a good time to replace a manager during the season, but if it's going to happen, then the international break is clearly the best possible time to make the change.

Additionally, FSG must have someone already lined-up or the group (surely) wouldn't take such a huge risk.

In my view, Klopp will be the next manager because he is seemingly willing to work within the current transfer committee structure. Indeed, his agent seemed to confirm this over the summer, when he told reporters:

"In Germany there is a clear separation between manager and sporting director. Jurgen does not like to speak to players’ agents".

Liverpool fans have a huge preference for Klopp, as a recent poll on the site suggests:

Of course, in the parlance of our Liverpool's esteemed owners, FSG could throw a curve-ball and ignore both Klopp and 'amazing' Ancelotti.

Walter Mazzarri, or Gary Monk, anyone *shudder*

For me, the most worrying thing about the current situation is that people with no real experience of football are responsible for choosing the next manager of Liverpool FC.

No one at FSG has any real clue about the game, and it's terrifying to think that the likes of Mike Gordon, Tom Werner, and Ian Ayre will have major input into the decision.

Hopefully, FSG have sought views from club legends like Dalglish, Rush, Hansen, Barnes etc (as well as Gerrard, and Carragher), during the process of selecting the next manager.

As for Rodgers - irrespective of results, or Liverpool's recent decline, he did a lot of things right during his three year reign (and I'll be posting about that over the coming week), and like all former managers of LFC, he deserves respect.

Thanks Brendan, and good luck.

Author: Jaimie K


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