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Rodgers hails 'genius' Ferguson

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Brendan Rodgers has hailed the abilities of Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson, believing the 69-year-old Scot is a role model for all aspiring coaches.

As Swansea prepare to welcome the reigning Barclays Premier League champions to the Liberty Stadium this weekend, Rodgers revealed how he wants to emulate the Red Devils boss - who he has labelled a 'genius'.

"I want to be in this game a long time and Sir Alex epitomises that," the Swans boss told the Daily Mirror. "Hunger, desire and motivation - he has all the things that you need to be successful over such a long period.

"He's a one-off. Look at the way people think of him - he has earned all that respect.

"I hope I am still working at 70. I want to be successful for as long as I can. Hopefully my methods will let me do that."

Ferguson recently celebrated 25 years in charge at Old Trafford, while his next milestone turns to his 70th birthday, which falls on New Years Eve.

"For me personally, Sir Alex is a genius," Rodgers continued. "An absolute genius in football management. How he has managed so much change to create and build all the time.

"He's a great advert for young managers and has been incredible and an inspiration for us all. He's a role model for every single manager, not just in the Premier League, but worldwide.

"Genius comes through many hours of hard work. It's not just presented to you. He obviously had a long-term target, which was to take away the power of Liverpool. That was the ultimate goal for him.

"Liverpool have never won the title since United won it in 1993 and a big part of that is down to Ferguson. Liverpool gave him a target and he's been relentless in his quest to achieve it.

"He's made United the superpower in football. History ultimately judges you and once he decides to stop then his achievements will be engrained even more."

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