Impressive debut season sees Rodgers stock rising
Enjoying a highly successful first season in the Premier League, Swansea City have enjoyed unprecedented success under Brendan Rodgers. While the Swans debut campaign in the top flight has seen the emergence of the likes of Leon Britton and Danny Graham, earning plaudits from across the game, Swansea's performances have recently switched the focus to the credentials of their manager.
Appointed in 2010 after spells at Watford and Reading, Rodgers set about turning Swansea into a side famed for their free-flowing, attacking football. Since his successful spell time at Chelsea, serving as youth team coach and later promoted to reserve team coach during Jose Mourinho's reign, Rodgers had long been touted as a future Premier League manager. Having fulfilled such predictions, via the playoffs in 2011, Rodgers' continued success in the top flight has led to calls for the Swans' boss career to progress even further.
After Andre Villas-Boas' dismissal from Chelsea, Rodgers was one of the names linked with the Stamford Bridge post. After leaving the club himself in 2008, to take the reigns at Watford, under the recommendation of Mourinho, Rodgers publicly ruled himself out of the running to return to his former club as manager. However, as a further sign of Rodgers' progression as a manager, speculation linking Rodgers to jobs within the elite levels of English football would continue.
With Tottenham Hotspur manager Harry Redknapp continually linked to a summer departure to take the vacant England manager's job, Rodgers had been the latest manager to be named as a potential candidate as Redknapp's successor at White Hart Lane. With Real Madrid boss Mourinho also linked to the job, Rodgers being named as a contender alongside his former mentor serves as a further reminder of the rapid progress of the Swansea boss. With Redknapp reportedly topping the FA's shortlist, Rodgers has also been discussed among supporters for a role of his own within English football's governing body.
The FA's recent announcement that the post of Technical Director is to be created, has led to a host of names being linked with the post. Among fans' discussions via social media outlets, has been the suggestion that Rodgers holds the correct credentials to help usher in a new era of success for English football. While any such move would be unlikely, given the hugely promising coaching career he has enjoyed thus far, such speculation only further highlights the meteoric rise of Rodgers within the game.
After a season filled with positives for Swansea, speculation regarding their manager's future will undoubtedly cause anxiety among those in and around the club. Having led Swansea into the Premier League and through their debut campaign as the season's surprise package, the almost inevitable speculation surrounding Rodgers suggests a bright future for the Swans boss.
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