Liverpool FC are likely to continue with Brendan Rodgers in charge for the next season, despite the disappointment this season has brought for the club on all fronts.
The Reds have missed out on all the set targets – a finish outside top 4, group stage exit in the Champions League, no silverware in the domestic cups – but recent reports doing rounds in the media suggest that Rodgers will continue with the reigns at the Merseyside club, but will face a tough end of season review with FSG president Mike Gordon.
Chris Bascombe of Telegraph writes: Anfield officials have indicated Rodgers’ position is unchanged regardless of the severity of after a 6-1 defeat on the final day of the Premier League campaign. The Liverpool manager suggested he would leave if the club’s American owners, Fenway Sports Group, have lost faith in him, but privately it is evident Rodgers does not think that is the case. Although he still faces a critical meeting with FSG president Mike Gordon, the suggestion from within the club is the manager’s position will not be on the agenda in those talks. It now remains to be seen how those conversations go to establish how Rodgers can fix what has gone so horribly wrong since last August. He will still have plenty of explaining to do for finishing in a poor sixth and having missed all the pre-season targets.
Things have not gone all too well for Brendan Rodgers in the last ten days or so. A defeat to Crystal Palace at home in Steven Gerrard’s final Anfield game was followed by Sterling telling Rodgers he wanted to leave Liverpool, citing a desire to win trophies. His agent Aidy Ward then launched a malicious attack on the club and former player Jamie Carragher. This was followed by an absolutely humiliating 6-1 away defeat to Stoke City in the final Premier League game, even more embarrassing as it was Gerrard’s final game in a Liverpool jersey. 8 points in the last 9 Premier League games have certainly not helped the manager’s case.
While this is not a conclusive report that Rodgers will definitely stay at the club, the fact that most media outlets in England are breaking this suggests there might have been some indication from some source at the club. However, the media seemed reassured days before Kenny Dalglish’s sacking so it remains certain that nobody knows the fate of the manager other than the owners. Therefore it will be wise to not get carried away with any such reports and only once an official announcement comes out from somewhere, will people know certainly of what is going to happen at the club.