Brendan Rodgers: Needs time, or just a mediocrity?

Brendan Rodgers, former manager of Watford, Reading, Swansea and now managing Liverpool FC.

In his first ten league games in charge of Championship side Watford, he managed just two wins, leaving them stranded in the relegation zone, but managed to guide them to 13th place at the end of the season. 32 games, just the 13 wins. Which isn’t exactly brilliant for a manager of his ‘calibre’.

It got worse at Reading. Got off to a good start in the league, then fell apart. Rodgers left by mutual consent after just 6 months in charge. 23 games, only 6 (six) wins. Again, even more shocking than he was at Watford.

His Swansea City career however showed his managerial ‘prowess’. Swansea thumped Ipswich 4-1 at Wembley in the play-off and gained promotion to the Premier League. Rodgers’ first time in the top flight saw him avoid the drop and finish 11th. 93 games in charge, an impressive 46 wins, which is great… if you’re a Championship side.

Now managing Liverpool, and a successor to Kenny Dalglish, who’d led Liverpool to their first trophy in six years. Up to date, Rodgers has shown mere glimpses of what he can do. It’s been 40 games and all we see is inconsistency, hardly enough wins, complacency and the lack of the ability to see out games.

As a Liverpool fan, I’ve seen us knock 4 or 5 past teams over the years and conceding either one or none. Now our team’s scared of corners. With Kenny we weren’t scoring many, but we weren’t conceding many either.

I understand that he may improve with time, but there’s no need for blind faith. As of yet, he hasn’t proven himself. Yes, there is some progress but labelling him ‘the next Shankly’? Isn’t that pushing it a bit? I mean he’s hardly shown that he can adapt his style for certain games. Plan A will work, until teams work it out. And we clearly don’t have a Plan B.

‘Give him a few transfer windows’ is the best one I’ve heard. Are we really expecting a brand new team? Although, I will credit him for signing Sturridge. According to some, we’re a team in transition. Funny that we’ve been in transition since Rafa left, it’s dragged on a bit this transition, hasn’t it? At the moment, it’s not looking too good.

His over-ambition in his interviews makes rival fans laugh at us. ‘We can finish 2nd’ and ‘we’re not far from Man United’ are up there with the worst. After losing to Oldham, he tore into the youth players, which, in my opinion, was understandable, then in his next interview claimed it was ‘more my fault than theirs’. Contradicted himself, hardly a wise move. His words really make you wonder sometimes; is he just trying to sugar-coat the rubbish and divert attention from his blatant shortcomings?

At the moment, we’re 9th, out of every domestic cup bar the Europa League and below Everton (again).

He came to Liverpool as an unproven manager. No honours. Hasn’t really done anything major. Starring in ‘Being: Liverpool’ is his biggest achievement at Liverpool so far.

Brendan Rodgers has divided fans opinions. His own doing. I will still back him, that’s what supporters do. But I won’t nestle so far up his posterior like some do. I’ll give him time to prove himself, if he doesn’t, I’ll leave that to our obviously interested owners.

He needs to turn things around, and fast. Do it for yourself, for the fans, but more importantly, do it for Lucas, Mr. Rodgers, starting from today.

  • mayurr

    there is nothing wrong with current team, many major issues have been worked out except the CONSISTENCY.

    WHO IS RESPONSIBLE FOR THAT? rodgers? or the water thin squad? just in todays game we had to play jonjo,wisdom,cody and hendo,coutinho, even sturredge (all of them in their early 20s or even less) , nothing wrong with these guys talented , but ist that the cause of our consistency problem? thankx to the rubbish signings made by hodgson n dalglish.

    just compare our squad with spurs or arsenal if not utd or city and ask your self are we really top 4 team?

    BR a manger in hot seat of a club like liverpool, in his first season
    gets up to 7. scoring more goals, more wins both away n home ,then
    previous season. is getting slammed,

    and not to forget the team kenny gave him

    1. in the form of. adams, spearin,carroll.dawning,henderson..,
    2. a team without a 2nd striker.nearly 6months we were with just 1 striker.the

    league winning team has 4-5 best ones.
    3. FSG doing him so much favor by not signing dempsy
    4. the team had no game plan, nothing evryone looked at each others faces over the whole 90 mins last season.
    5. the squad was as water, as we had to field teens on the field.

    all these problem inherited team was supposed to be in top 4? are we kidding?

    HAS BR not done good? if not the best considering its his 1st season?

    there is article abt how , if the league had started from after jan
    window, liverpool had been 4 th just 2 pts behind chevesky.

    and if finishing 7 is that bad then, the very great old whiskey nose
    finished , 6th-11th-11th-13th-6th in his 1st-3rd-4th-5th n 6the seasons
    respectively for man utd. , and he is a legend. , his great successor
    moyes nearly got everton relegated in his 1st season, jergon klopp is
    been considered one of the the modern day great coach, so as his team
    dortmand is praised but many dont even care to know that klopp has been
    their manager from 2008. from 5-6 yrs he has been building that team n
    now getting all the praises,

    considering all the stuff HOW
    STUPID IT IS not to support brandon rodgers ? there is a problem with
    lot of guys having their fevorites in kenny n rafa, but belive me kenny
    had no clue what so ever and his old British theories cost us a lot.
    rafa n kenny are past now n no way they r going to back. we have a very
    very good manager in br . and he support him we are going forward .
    sacking him will get us no where but the same old circle of new
    manger-new players- new system- and with no guarantee of success. fact
    is we cant afford another managerial change.

    neither we need one. BRANDEN RODGERS. IS PERFECT .

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