Brendan Rodgers’ reign as Liverpool manager is over. The 42-year-old was sacked by the club’s owner, Fenway Sports Group, an hour after a 1-1 draw against Merseyside rivals Everton extended Liverpool’s poor run to one win in nine games.
Rodgers was informed his three years and four months tenure had been terminated in a phone-call from FSG president, Mike Gordon. The Liverpool manager had left Goodison Park separately to the team coach when the call arrived and Ian Ayre, the club’s chief executive, met the Northern Irishman at Melwood training ground to explain the decision in person.
Jürgen Klopp, the former title-winning coach of Borussia Dortmund, and three-time Champions League winner Carlo Ancelotti are both in the frame to replace Rodgers. However, despite claims Klopp has already agreed a three-year contract with Liverpool’s owners, FSG have not approached the charismatic German coach as yet.
FSG intend to use the international break to meet their favoured candidates and will go through a formal process before appointing Rodgers’ successor.
Liverpool’s owners have also to finalise a compensation package with the former Swansea City manager, who had almost three years remaining on the lucrative contract he signed in May 2014 having guided the club to within a win of their first league title in 24 years.
Rodgers indicated the end of his three year tenure was close in his post-match press conference at Goodison. When asked whether he was encouraged that Liverpool’s players were still clearly playing for their manager, the Northern Irishman issued an impassioned defence of his reign but also warned the club faced a lengthy rebuilding job: “whether that is with me or someone else in the job.”