Despite their Premier League status all but secured, current Swansea boss Francesco Guidolin looks set to depart the club come the end of the season with a surprise successor on the cards, former boss Brendan Rodgers.
The Swans, who are in talks with a takeover worth potentially £100 million, will aim to rebuild a side aiming to cause problems at the higher end of the league standings next campaign. In order to achieve that, they must be led by a boss who knows what it takes to impress at the Liberty Stadium and that’s where the 43-year-old comes in.
Rodgers, who was undoubtedly a much-loved character amongst the Swansea fans, guided them to their first appearance in the English top flight in 2011, subsequently leading them to 11th in the Swans’ debut season in the league.
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His work attracted the attention of big guns Liverpool, for whom he endured a shaky spell with despite being a whisker away from clinching the Reds’ first Premier League title in 2014.
Since his sacking in October of last year, the Northern Irishman opted to take a break from management and with a summer return on his radar, Swansea could well be his next destination.
According to the Telegraph, Rodgers has been a topic of discussion regarding potential replacements on the managerial front between the new investors and Chairman Huw Jenkins.
The Carnlough-born manager offered a fast-paced tempo to Swansea’s game, adapting to the standards of the Premier League quickly and has been missed since his departure. Under Rodgers, the supporters can be confident of waving goodbye to the relegation scraps they have endured this term and hope for bigger ambitions next campaign.
Moreover, there is expected to be a large portion of transfer funds made available to Guidolin’s potential successor this summer - providing the takeover is completed. With this in mind, Swansea fans can start to feel excited about the possibility of luring top names to the club.
A revamped side will be potentially met with a revamped leader. In his four years away from the Liberty, Rodgers has experienced the taste of Champions League football, a season-long title race and high domestic cup runs – guiding Liverpool to two semi-finals last year. Undoubtedly, his knowledge of the game has broadened and Swansea will be hoping to take advantage if the appointment is made.
Swansea fans shouldn’t be too disheartened, however, if the club opts for Guidolin next campaign because in all fairness, he has changed proceedings at the club. From a side whose hopes of playing in the top-flight next season were on a knife-edge to a side who clinched a 1-0 victory over champions Chelsea and virtually determine safety, the fans should be pleased with the potential he possesses.
However, if the Swans want to get back to causing upsets at the higher end of the table, maybe Rodgers is the ideal candidate to reach those expectations.