Sacked Brendan Rodgers responds with classy statement

By Toby Prince

brendan rodgersFormer Liverpool coach, Brendan Rodgers, has responded to his sacking by thanking the club, the fans and the players in a statement released via the League Managers Association.

The 42-year-old was relieved of his duties after a 1-1 draw with Merseyside neighbours, Everton, on Sunday thus ending a three-year stint at Anfield.

While manager of The Reds, Rodgers spent close to £300million on transfers – clocking up a total of 166 games in charge with a win ratio of 50%.

His statement reads thus: “I am, of course, incredibly disappointed to be leaving Liverpool Football Club. It has been both an honour and a privilege to manage one of the game’s great clubs for the last three years.

“I have worked every day to represent the club to the best of my ability, to develop both individual players and a team that the club’s magnificent fans can be proud of. There have been some very memorable moments during my time at Liverpool and I would like to thank all of the players for their hard work and commitment. The current squad is one in transition, but they have some real talent and are showing a strong sense of togetherness. I expect to see them continue to grow and develop over the coming weeks and I wish them and my successor well for the rest of the season.

“Liverpool has a magnificent football heritage and I have nothing but respect and admiration for the history, tradition and values that make the city and the club so exceptional. As well as my players, I would like to thank everyone connected with the club; Fenway Sports Group, the Liverpool Directors, in particular Ian Ayre, my coaching staff, the staff throughout the club, the volunteers, the Academy staff and its young players and of course the amazing Liverpool fans for their unwavering support, passion and dedication which has made my time at the club so special.

“Finally, I would like to give a special mention to John W. Henry, Tom Werner and Mike Gordon. They gave me this great opportunity and even though we will no longer be working together I am sure our relationship and friendship will continue into the future.”

Rodgers has flown to Spain for a short holiday following his sacking.

He will consider his options when he returns, but he’s reportedly keen to take on another role following his break, either in the Premier League or abroad.