The Week That Was – Friday 9th October

The Week That Was – Friday 9th October
October 9, 2015 Daniel Rhodes

By Chris Rowland and Daniel Rhodes.

W/c Monday September 28th 2015.

Welcome to our weekly round-up, a diary of news and events on the site, matters relating to LFC and the world of football generally.

The Week in Football – Liverpool FC:


In case you’ve passed through a wormhole into a parallel dimension for the last week, you’ll know Liverpool started the week managerless. Here is a brief round-up of the media storm of info, articles etc on the subject:

According to the Liverpool Echo, Rodgers intends to take a short break from football before returning to management, and has been left ‘devastated’ by his sacking.

Liverpool will appoint their next manager within a week of Sunday’s sacking of Brendan Rodgers. (Mirror)

Former Borussia Dortmund manager Jurgen Klopp is the bookies’ favourite to take the Liverpool job. (Racing PostBBC SportLiverpool Echo)

The Reds will open discussions with former Borussia Dortmund boss Jurgen Klopp in the next few days. (Telegraph)

Klopp has already agreed a three-year deal and will bring Zeljko Buvac, his assistant at Dortmund, with him. (Pravda via Daily Star)

Former Chelsea and Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti flew to London from Italy on Sunday, but Klopp remains the favourite to take over at Anfield. (Daily Mail)

Liverpool are also considering former Chelsea boss Roberto Di Matteo as Rodgers’s replacement. (Sky Italia, via Metro 

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger expressed sympathy for Rodgers, describing the Northern Irishman as “a quality manager”. (Sky Sports) 


Why Liverpool sacked their manager, by BBC Sport’s Chief Football Writer Phil McNulty. (BBC Sport)

Brendan Rodgers was sacked as Liverpool manager after travelling from the brink of history to Anfield oblivion in the space of 18 months.

At the heart of Rodgers’ demise at Liverpool was a failed, flawed recruitment policy that saw nearly £292m spent since the 42-year-old’s arrival in the summer of 2012 – but most of the world-class talent he possessed walk out of the door.

And to add to the dysfunctional decline Rodgers presided over was Liverpool’s infamous “transfer committee”, the group that led the club’s buying strategy and was responsible for far more failures than successes.

The committee consists (or we should now say consisted) of Rodgers, scouts Dave Fallows and Barry Hunter, the man in charge of analysis Michael Edwards, owners Fenway Sports Group’s (FSG) Anfield representative Mike Gordon and chief executive Ian Ayre.

Brendan Rodgers could not fool Liverpool fans any longer, by Mark Lawrenson (BBC Sport).

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