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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.