Could you imagine if Brendan Rodgers was appointed as the next manager of Manchester United?
Louis van Gaal is on the brink of losing his job at Old Trafford and Rodgers, who has been unemployed since leaving Liverpool in October, is one of the few top coaches available to take over at short notice.
Rodgers was asked about the possibility of managing Liverpool’s fierce rivals - by talkSPORT, per the Manchester Evening News - and the 43-year-old is under no illusions about his chances of landing one of the biggest jobs in world football.
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"When you manage Liverpool,” Rodgers replied, “you know the Manchester United job is gone."
It seems Rodgers is acutely aware that he is not about to receive a surprise phone call from Ed Woodward - who reportedly has eight coaches on his shortlist - over the next few weeks due to his Liverpool connections.
Rodgers needs to rebuild his reputation
In truth, and whether rightly or wrongly, it’s difficult to imagine Rodgers landing a job at one of the world’s elite clubs after the way in which his tenure at Anfield ended.
While his reputation wasn’t ruined by his unceremonious dismissal, it was certainly tarnished - and, in order to prove his doubters wrong, he may need to take a job with a club of slightly less prestige either in England or abroad.
Rodgers demonstrated during his time at Liverpool that he has what it takes to manage at the highest level - but Manchester United aren’t about to come knocking on his door.
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