Brendan Rodgers had no choice but to choose Celtic

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He insisted it's not a step-down. As he took his first press conference as Celtic manager, Brendan Rodgers was positive about his and the club's future, but could he really say anything else? And is this really the right job for a man who believes in a bright future?

Cast your mind back two years and the Northern Irishman was reeling from seeing the Premier League title, that looked Liverpool's for the taking, being pinched by Manchester City. But as the dust settled the future seemed very rosy for both manager and club.

Rodgers had assembled a bright young side that had enthralled the Premier League with fine attacking football. Despite over the summer losing his talisman Luis Suarez, the funds from the sale were to be reinvested, and the club would go from strength to strength under his stewardship.


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Except it didn't work out that way. Eighteen disappointing months later, Rodgers departed Anfield and was left to plot his next move. Even at that point, few could've seen his future lying north of the border.

He was one of the brightest young managers in English football and would surely be courted by many clubs. He would have had his pick of jobs, right? He was at one point earlier in the season favourite to become the next England manager.

However, in the eyes of Premier League owners, Rodgers was now damaged goods, and as others could surely testify, second chances do not come around often for British managers.

Despite all his successes at Everton over more than a decade, David Moyes has found his short tenure at Old Trafford has tainted his reputation, and when Chelsea and Manchester City had vacancies to fill this summer, his name would have been nowhere near the thoughts of the power brokers at Stamford Bridge or the Etihad.

Rodgers may be about to find out that his successes at Liverpool could be as good as it gets for his managerial career. He was strongly linked with a return to Swansea but found himself out in the cold when the Swans decided to stick with veteran Italian Francisco Guidolin. Watford also chose a foreign coach (perhaps unsurprisingly) and gradually the number of vacancies started to dwindle.

As the options started to reduce, and the chance of an out of work manager becoming a retired manager, seemingly the top job in Scotland came more and more appealing for Rodgers.

The manager appears to have been forced to take what was available and the Celtic job became the best of a bad bunch.

Obviously, he has been quick to stress the positives. He has signed the most lucrative contract in Scottish football history. He has also been given what for Scottish football is a sizeable budget for players - £15 million. However, £15m is less than Rodgers shelled out on Joe Allen or Mario Balotelli.

There is, of course, the almost guarantee of trophies to put on the Rodgers CV. However, the same trophies were not enough to keep Ronnie Delia in the role, and despite success at Parkhead, Tony Mowbray and Neil Lennon have not walked into Premier League jobs in England.

It would, therefore, appear that at the tender age of 43, Brendan Rodgers' best days are behind him.

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