LFC: Clarke stays, Chang joins, Rodgers says no

As the search for Liverpool’s new manager continues apace, with a number of candidates being approached for the role, other matters are also being addressed by the Anfield club.

Immediately after Kenny Dalglish‘s sacking on Wednesday, it is understood that his assistant Steve Clarke had offered his resignation out of loyalty to Dalglish.

But that has been rejected by the club and therefore Clarke remains at Anfield – for now at least.

One appointment that has been made is that of Jen Chang, an American journalist, to replace Ian Cotton as the club’s director of communication (head of press). Chang is a former ESPN soccer reporter and has left his position as Senior Editor for soccer at Sports Illustrated to take up the role at Anfield.

Meanwhile, Swansea have announced that their manager Brendan Rodgers has turned down an approach from Liverpool. A statement from the Welsh club read;

“Swansea City can confirm that an approach from Liverpool FC to speak to manager Brendan Rodgers was officially received by club chairman Huw Jenkins this morning.

“The club is pleased to confirm that Brendan has declined the current opportunity to speak to the Anfield club about the vacant position.

“The Swansea manager is currently working hard to strengthen the squad in readiness for the new Barclays Premier League campaign.”

One man who is definitely in talks with LFC is Wigan’s Roberto Martinez. Wigan owner Dave Whelan has urged for a decision to made quickly “It’s all up to Liverpool and Roberto now. If they do a deal I hope it’s done quickly because we will have to replace Roberto and it’s going to be very difficult.”

Liverpool are to interview several candidates for the manager role, and are also seeking a new director of football and chief executive.

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  • tomtom

    Thanks the swans, we have hope again not holelessness

  • http://www.facebook.com/jay.blindside Jay Blindside

    I would think all this is a bit of a conundrum. FSG must have known weeks ago that Dalglish was out the door so why have they not progressed much farther than this in getting the replacement in place? There seems to be something more going on behind the scenes. Perhaps they wait for another reason(s) ?

    • http://profiles.google.com/nigelwsewell nigel sewell

      In short, they did their homework and decided not to sound out Klinsmann while KK was still in a job. (Is there an echo in here?)

  • Nikz200

    I am appalled at some of our fans, but really? you all have some sort of agenda against FSG who have been nothing short of supportive since their arrival. Lets not forget, King Kenny, lead us to our WORST league finish in over a decade. and 100 million pounds in spending on some of the worst players to don a liverpool jersey. Excluding Andy Carroll and Luis Suarez who have been great. And now when the owners want to change things, you all get so uppity and expect the sky. Rafa made mistakes too you know, LOADS of them, which is why we fell out of the champions league in the first place. his handling of players was revealed later to be horrendous!!! We need to see and weigh the options out there, no matter who. We need someone who is smart at getting QUALITY players for low prices….. come on guys, lets get behind FSG and stop this agenda. We should be talking about the possible managers and not slanting FSG

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/King-Khong/618857386 King Khong

    People talk about the Alonso sale etc…Rafa wanted to replace Alonso because he had 2 of his worst seasons with LFC. When Barry arrival fell through, Alonso gave us one of the best final season to Liverpool. We got 30 million for him but bought a crock (Aquilani) for 17m. The 13 million was splashed to renew contracts and we bought Johnson to replace Arbeloa who was homesick (and hates Carra). The last season, he spent nothing. So he had to wheel and deal. Alonso’s deal is something that happens to everybody but Rafa didn’t have the replacement for him – his eventual shortcoming.

  • Julianremedios

    I’m more interested in the director of football and chief executive roles as these will be in place before the new manager is formally interviewed. These are big roles to fill and will ultimately decide the manager and the vision of the club. The word on the street is that top advisors are being used and these roles will be filled David Dein and Brian Barwick. Ex arsenal and FA CEOs.