The ink has barely dried on Brendan Rodgers’ three-year deal but Paddy Power’s Liverpool’s specials go 3/1 the former Swansea manager will pick up a major trophy in his first season.
Liverpool finally put an end to the speculation, wishful thinking and plain old bullsh*t by unveiling Rodgers at a press conference this morning.
“I’m very proud, it’s a club with wonderful tradition and I feel very blessed with the opportunity to manage the club,” Rodgers said.
Rodgers admitted his mind was made up to move to Merseyside once it became clear he was the club’s preferred target although the jury is still out on that one.
“Once I had found out I was the number one target from the important people at Liverpool it was quite an easy decision,” he said.
In a betting market that saw more revolving characters that your average soap opera, Liverpool’s owners FSG have settled (for now) on the former Swansea boss to revive this once great club and challenge for Premier League glory.
And while Reds’ fans still have their doubts former colleagues of the Northern Irishman before have been quick to sing his praises.
Real Madrid boss Jose Mourinho, who worked with Rodgers when he was a coach at Chelsea told The Sun:”Brendan is a good man, a family guy and a friend.”
“When he joined us at Chelsea he was a young coach with lots of desire to learn, but he had ideas and was ready to communicate and share.”
And with Wigan chairman Dave Whelan breathing a sigh of relief that Roberto Martinez may now stay at the club he has given permission for Swansea to speak to assistant manager Graeme Jones.
Meanwhil the race is on for Norwich to replace Paul Lambert who has quit despite the club’s refusal to recognise his resignation.
The former Celtic midfielder will take over at Aston Villa where he has apparently been assured of a £25m transfer kitty to lift the Midlands club out of successive relegation fights.
Cardiff’s manager and former Norwich captain Malky Mackay is in the frame to replace Lambert but there are suggestions that the Canaries may look to tempt Celtic’s manager Neil Lennon south of the border.