Brendan Rodgers: A New Chapter

Posted by on Jul 16, 2010 in Uncategorized | One Comment

We Unfortunates are generally a pretty inoffensive bunch, but we may be risking the wrath of Swansea fans by recycling Lanterne Rouge’s Death Knell, which was originally posted shortly after his club’s dismissal of Brendan Rodgers last December. It’s yet to be confirmed officially, but the Ulsterman appears set to take over at the Liberty any day now.

Our resident Reading fan’s obituary of the man will, in Lanterne Rouge’s own words, offer meagre crumbs of comfort for on looking Jacks, but it should be remembered that ‘Brenda’ was under significant pressure in Berkshire. Having made the switch after controversially ditching another Championship outfit, Rodgers spent several million Madejski pounds in an attempt to replace the likes of Stephen Hunt and Kevin Doyle, and was expected to do well at a club that had become accustomed to success in recent seasons. It’s likely, though, that Rodgers will benefit from a more forgiving board this time around, and he has less to lose after his reputation was severely tarnished at Reading. It didn’t work out at the Mad Stad for a host of reasons, but who’s to say that his gig in South Wales will go the same way?

Lloyd
is co-editor of The Two Unfortunates. He’s 30, supports Plymouth Argyle and takes a particular interest in the fortunes of those Football League clubs west of Bristol.

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  1. Lanterne Rouge
    July 16, 2010

    A kind judgement would suggest that Rodgers may fare well with the smooth passing style Swansea purvey. Players like Darren Pratley and Joe Allen will enjoy playing from him and he really had to build a team from near scratch at Reading as well as change the play from the long ball tactics of the late-Coppell era. It should also be pointed out that the club's miserably bad home form in 2009 began long before the Ulsterman arrived.

    Of players he is likely to acquire, he's always been a fan of the loan system so I'd expect him to once again make use of this. Alex Pearce fell out of favour at the Mad Stad last year although Swansea are strong at centre half, and Rodgers himself discarded Shaun Cummings before he exited the club. Swansea need a striker badly so Grzegorz Rasiak – whom you would not bet on playing regularly for the Royals – may once again be called upon as an emergency signing. Ross Jenkins of Watford is another who flourished under a Rodgers regime, but a club who only just missed out on the play offs will want more than the cast offs of those who finished below them. It's a tough assignment for the ex-Chelsea man.

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