In spite of the poor finish to his tenure at Liverpool, Brendan Rodgers‘ name is often brought up in connection to high-profile managing jobs. However, with persistent rumours that Louis van Gaal could be on his way out of Old Trafford, the former Reds boss appears to be pulling his name out of the running to be the next Manchester United manager.
Per talkSPORT, Rodgers quickly played down his chances of joining Manchester United, almost jokingly citing his own experience as top-dog at Liverpool as a disqualification.
‘I think when you manage Liverpool that Manchester United job is gone,’ Rodgers said.
In the same interview Rodgers also showed sympathy for the way things have turned out for Louis van Gaal at Man United and indicated that the players share responsibility for their recent poor performance.
‘There is no way that Louis is sending out his team to have so few shots on target,’ he said.
‘This is a guy that has been around along time, he built the Ajax team in 1995 that was attacking with possession. He went to Barcelona and Bayern Munich and they were all attacking.
‘I think it’s a lot to do with the players. Do they have the players to excite like before. That’s a big part to do with it as well.’
Rodgers managed Liverpool from June 2012 until his dismissal this past October. He finished with a 51.20% win rate and won Premier League Manager of the Month twice with the club. He led Liverpool to the FA Cup & League Cup semi-finals in the 2014-15 season and a 2nd-place finish in the Premier League in the 2012-13 season.
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