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Brendan Rodgers would throw away career by working in Qatar

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If the rumours of Brendan Rodgers being close to reaching an agreement on a £3.5 million-a-year deal to manage in that beacon of football, Qatar, are true then it would be a damning indictment on the Northern Irishman.

It would indicate that he has given up or at least partly given up on being a man who is serious about being a top football manager. Fair enough if he or anyone else wants to be involved in the game without the pressures that the top leagues bring, but if anyone wants to compete for the best against the best then the Middle East is not the place

It would be more understandable if someone like Harry Redknapp went there seeing as he's been in the management business for over 30 years, done his bit, made his mark and it appears he doesn't want to deal with all the scrutiny that comes with it again.

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It might not be such a bad place to go, were it at the very beginning or very end of Rodgers' career. But having been the main man in charge of first-team affairs at Watford, Reading, Swansea City and Liverpool over the course of seven years, now is not the time for a good coach like him to be simply taking the money and sunning himself - which is what the tan loving Rodgers would likely be doing a lot of the time.

His successor at Swansea, Michael Laudrup went down in many people's estimations when he decided to go to Lekhwiya in Qatar because, as soon as someone makes a move like that, player or manager, they are basically saying ''I give up on top level football, I just want the easy life. Now, where's the money?''

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Then again, maybe it would be better than doing nothing; just as a sideline until the end of the season when there will be more roles on offer.

But then undertaking what the likes of David Moyes and Paul Lambert did when out of work by visiting numerous countries and clubs to find out about various methods, styles and ways to approach the different duties that a manager has to carry out would also be very worthwhile.

It's been a few weeks since the links surfaced, so maybe Rodgers has turned it down or is sitting on it knowing it is not the ideal move for the reasons outlined above.

Rodgers will not be short of offers, it just depends on what type of challenge he wants. He will not gain respect going to Qatar, but in the current climate where appreciation for managers is at its lowest ebb, can he go through the rigmarole of the 'Sack Race' in Europe's top leagues again? You wouldn't blame him for not being filled with glee at the prospect.

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