The great comeback by Brendan Rodgers to Premier League finally happened. The last three years manager from Northern Ireland has spent in Celtic, where he won first trophies in his managerial career, including the treble twice, but now it’s time for a bigger challenge.
Rodgers started work as a coach in Reading, the club where he retired early because of the genetic defect. In 2004 his adventure on a bench accelerated when Jose Mourinho offered him a job in Chelsea FC as a junior team coach. After two years he got promotion to reserve team coach.
In 2008 he decided to accept an offer from Watford. He became their manager for a few months, but then he agreed on joining his team from the past – Reading, though he didn’t meet expectations there.
In 2010 he took a job as a Swansea manager. The team got promoted to Premier League after the first season. Manager introduced attractive football, that the club has been called ‘Swansealona’, because of the inspirations by Barça’s way of play.
In such a short period of time he could create a solid team, that took crowds on Premiership level, so it became clear, that’s only matter of time before a bigger club will offer him a job. In 2012 he took over Liverpool in crisis, which fell out of Top 4. In the second campaign the team was incredibly close to win Premier League title, but it slipped out of their hands in the last moment. Eventually they finished second that season and in October 2015 Rodgers was fired.
Since 2016 he has continued his career in Glasgow, where in the debut season he won the league without any loss. Again it was obvious, that in a moment a bigger club would call him. Leicester after dismissing Claude Puel, has been looking for his successor and probably decided the best way possible.
Rodgers signed a contract until 2022. He already led the first training and saw Leicester performance in FA Youth Cup.
[photo: Leicester City]