Rodgers rejects Liverpool approach

CARNLOUGH man and former St Patrick’s pupil Brendan Rodgers has turned down an approach from Liverpool.

The Swansea City manager was invited to be interviewed for the position to replace Kenny Dalglish but he has declined, deciding that he wants to concentrate on his work with the Swans for the time being.

Rodgers is a hot property in the managerial world, having guided Swansea to the Premier League via the play-offs in 2011 before leading them to an impressive 11th place finish in the top flight.

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He signed an improved three-and-a-half year contract at Liberty Stadium in February.

Reports claim that there is a feeling that Swansea’s two performances against the Merseyside club, including a 1-0 victory on the last day of the season should have provided enough evidence of his ability, rather than a formal interview process.

Brendan began his playing career with Star United under the tutelage of Arthur McClean, where he played from the ages of 12-16, his performances as an energetic midfielder earning him a call-up to the Ballymena League Select for the Northern Ireland Milk Cup - a competition which Rodgers would later revisit in his coaching role with Chelsea, where he was reserve team manager during Jose Mourinho’s time in charge at Stamford Bridge.