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Brendan Rodgers is currently managing at Celtic in the Scottish Premiership.
Previously, Rodgers became the youngest manager in the Championship when he was appointed by Watford at the age of 35 in November, 2008. After being headhunted from Chelsea, where he was a protégé of Jose Mourinho, Rodgers took on the challenge of saving a team from relegation.
He succeeded by a comfortable margin to secure his growing reputation as a young coach who carried Mourinho's personal recommendation.
Rodgers has been learning the trade since he was 20 after his playing career was very prematurely curtailed by injury.
Having joined Reading from Ballymena United in his native Northern Ireland, Brendan was put in charge of the Royals' youth team in 1995.
Nine years later he was handpicked to join a new management team at Stamford Bridge, where Mourinho had become manager after moving from Porto. Rodgers became Chelsea's youth team chief in September, 2004 and, within two years, was then promoted to supervise the team.
Yet, despite being linked with a managerial vacancy at Leicester, he was still relatively unknown when Watford made their approach.
Rodgers is grateful to have an open line to Mourinho, a man he is proud to call his mentor. "I will always have a link with Jose," he has said. "If I need advice, I know he'll be there. And he'll give it to me straight and honest."
With Watford, he guided the club towards mid-table after taking charge, to finish in 13th position in 2008/09.
At the end of the 2008/09 season Brendan Rodgers was confirmed as the new manager of Reading, succeeding Steve Coppell at the Madejski Stadium. He remained with The Royals until December 2009 before joining Swansea for the start of the 2010/11 season.He enjoyed immediate success in his first season, as Swansea became the first Welsh side to reach the Barclays Premier League, after a pulsating Championship play-off final against Reading at Wembley. The Swans had not played in the top flight of English football since 1983.A fantastic season followed as Swansea finished 11th in the Barclays Premier League, recording 14 clean sheets in the process whilst also playing attractive football. For this success, Brendan was nominated for the LMA Manager of the Year Award and won the manager of the month award for January 2012.
In his first season in charge at Anfield, he guided Liverpool to a 7th place finish in the Barclays Premier League.In 2013/14, Rodgers was named the LMA Manager of the Year for the first time, earning the accolade in recognition of his excellent season in the Barclays Premier League by finishing in 2nd place, recording 84 points from 38 games. This was the club's highest finish for five years.
Liverpool scored 101 goals in a campaign where they exceeded three figures in the league for only the second time in their history with the original record being set in the 1895/96 season. Only two other teams have scored more in the Barclays Premier League: Manchester City this season with 102, and Chelsea who scored 103 in 2009/10. By common consent, Liverpool had an outstanding season, playing brilliant attacking football.
Sessions by Brendan Rodgers
It’s an engaging session for the players because it’s about creating and scoring goals and that’s what players love to do. It’s an attacking theme, based on expression and creativity with combination play, so players really enjoy it. MORE
in Skills and Techniques
This is a training practice that quickly evolves from a simple passing triangle to other activities that coach pressing, receiving, combinations, switches and team movement. MORE
in Skills and Techniques
This is a session that lasts 70 minutes, with coaches and players in a number of specialisms – each offering simplicity and structure, yet requiring good technical ability, intelligence and a certain amount of individualism and flair. MORE
in Formations and Tactics
The idea with this session is to press high up the pitch to win the ball – this means that the defence must move up quickly to cover any spaces to keep the team compact and not leave space for the opposition to play into. MORE