Swans duo back Rodgers for Reds

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Swansea defender Alan Tate and the club legend Alan Curtis believe Brendan Rodgers has all the credentials to become a huge hit when he begins work as Liverpool manager.

It emerged on Wednesday that Rodgers had agreed a three-year deal to succeed Kenny Dalglish at Anfield, having initially rejected the opportunity to speak to Reds owners Fenway Sports Group.

But FSG returned for the Northern Irishman this week following meetings with Wigan manager Roberto Martinez and informed Rodgers that he was their No.1 choice to take the position.

Rodgers' departure from the Liberty Stadium will come as an extreme blow to Swansea, after the 39-year-old led them to promotion from the Championship and then Premier League safety.

And, although Tate will be disappointed to see his manager leave, he will not begrudge Rodgers the opportunity to prove his worth on Merseyside.

"He's a great man-manager, he's a great motivator. To be honest he doesn't settle for second best," Tate told Sky Sports News.

"He'll be one of those people who will walk into Anfield and just be a breath of fresh air to the players and to the whole set-up that's at Liverpool.

"Obviously if he does decide to go we'll be sorry to see him leave, but when he goes into Anfield they'll have a very good manager and I'm sure he'll be successful there."

Curtis, meanwhile, has worked closely with Rodgers over the past few seasons as Swansea's first-team coach and has been extremely impressed with the processes of the former Reading manager.

He now expects Rodgers to go on to achieve great things at Anfield, and is far from surprised that one of the Premier League's elite clubs has come calling.

"There was always going to be the day when Brendan was lured away by one of the bigger clubs but we were probably hoping it was going to be in 18 months to two years, even," Curtis told Sky Sports News.

"He's been superb for us and I think everybody will be grateful for the work he did for us and watch with great interest the job he does at Liverpool.

"He's obviously a British manager but he's got a very continental feel about his approach to the game. He's very innovative in terms of the way he wants the team to play.

"If he can take that sort of style and culture into the club then I'm sure it will be really exciting times for them."

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