Swans boss snubs national team


Brendan Rodgers has admitted he turned down the chance to leave Swansea City to take charge of Northern Ireland part-time.


It was revealed that the Swans boss was approached by the Irish Football Association, but rejected the offer.


The Liberty Stadium chief was lined up by the Northern Irish football authorities to take over from Nigel Worthington, but the 38-year-old did not want to give up his project in Wales.


“Northern Ireland approached the chairman and asked for permission to speak to me with regards to doing the job part-time,” said Rodgers.


“My stance was the same as it was a number of weeks ago.


“The job is a big job - something that is very important going forward for the development of football in the country. For me it's a full-time post.


“I didn't have to think about it for a long time - my focus is always with Swansea.”


Despite snubbing the offer of the post, Rodgers did not rule out taking the job at some point in the future.


The former Reading and Watford manager is a County-Antrim native and expressed his pride at having being asked to lead his country’s national team.


"I would love to do it at some point in my career but at the moment, with the respect I have for Swansea, my concentration can only be on Swansea," he added.

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