Brendan Rodgers, what a story. Started from the bottom, worked his way up, reached great heights and with the promise of being even better in the future.
Rodgers began as the youth team manager for Chelsea in 2004, then went on to begin his first team managerial career at Watford in 2008. He went on to taking over as the Reading boss in 2009 and when that ended in a disappointing six month spell he moved on by mutual consent.
Then came the breakthrough. In 2010 Rodgers took over Swansea City who were in the second tier of English football at that time. Rodgers led them to promotion in his first year in charge, making the Swans the first Welsh team to qualify for the Premier League. He went on to help them finish 11th in their debut season.
Then the dream became even bigger and once again it was time for Rodgers to move on and this time it was Liverpool. He has completed one year with the Reds, which was a fairly successful season, especially the strong finish to the season they enjoyed which reminded many of the Liverpool of old.
This brings us to the present time where Rodgers is currently looking at the start of his second in charge and already finds himself facing one of his biggest hurdles yet, the transfer saga of Luis Suarez.
He is hopelessly holding on to his key man as he knows how difficult it will be to achieve his targets without him. This desperation has made him crossed certain lines. For example, claiming Arsenal and Arsene Wenger lacks class.
This is where the famous words of Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson comes to mind, Rodgers should 'know his role and shut his mouth'.
For someone asking for a show of class Rodgers has shown absolutely none himself. At the beginning of last season when Suarez wanted to leave Rodgers made him a promise, giving Suarez his word that Liverpool did not qualify for Champions League Rodgers would personally see to Suarez's transfer wish.
Now, when the time has come for him to hold up his end of the bargain he is backing out. Well, I ask him to show some class, accept the fact that he failed to qualify for Europe's top competition, in fact they weren't even close (they finished seventh), and fulfil his promise of letting Suarez go.
Even though he is a great manager he still has a long way to go to reach the level of the likes of Wenger. As for class, while he made such comment about Arsenal, Wenger on the other hand said thing like Arsenal keep their business confidential and will try to do business with Liverpool in an amicable way.
Finally, I feel Rodgers should sell Suarez to Arsenal not only for the player to attain his true potential but also for Wenger to show his true class. While European giants Barcelona and Madrid are aware of Suarez's ability on the pitch but they haven't bid for because of his "baggage".
I'm sure even Wenger is aware of such but if he has still bid for him means he is sure he can manage him. If this transfer is to happen then we will be able to see Wenger's "class" in not only making Suarez a better player than he already is but even a better person.
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