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Fowler exclusive: Rodgers deserves huge respect

by Paddy Power Admin | May 30, 2012

Robbie Fowler column

Robbie Fowler joins Paddy Power as a columnist for Euro 2012. Today he gives his views on the betting to become next Liverpool manager.

I love Kenny Dalglish. He was a brilliant player, a brilliant manager, and a brilliant man.

But football is big business. John Henry and the Fenway Sports Group have put a lot of cash into Liverpool so they can do what they want, really.

Sacking Kenny certainly wasn’t everyone’s cup of tea. Certainly not mine.

I like stability at a club. You can’t just keep getting rid of players or managers.

How long has Alex Ferguson been at Old Trafford? Nobody gets that chance now.

My old boss, Rafa Benitez, who was an early contender to go back to Anfield, would have learned from his mistakes, and could have done a job there again.

That said, I know people who have worked with Roberto Martinez and rate him highly. He’s done a fantastic job at Wigan.

But that in itself worried me. Liverpool is a big club with big standards. Wigan is a little club. And what miffed me or worried me is that, sure, Martinez brought Wigan on a run at the end of the season and they avoided relegation. But what about the 30 games before that?

For what Brendan Rodgers has achieved at Swansea, he deserves huge respect. He’s worked under Jose Mourinho at Chelsea, so he knows the score and he’s worked with top, top players.

It’d be a massive step-up for Rodgers to manage Liverpool, if he gets the job, as expected now.

The new manager will need to bring in new players again to take Liverpool from a top eight club to a top four club. That’s going to be really, really difficult. It’s a massive challenge.

Because the top four are going to bring in new players too and that gulf increases again.

Have to say it, right now the 2012/2013 season looks like it’s going to be another difficult one for Liverpool fans.

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