In the aftermath of Liverpool’s season effectively ending with the FA Cup semi-final defeat to Aston Villa, Brendan Rodgers’ job is reported not to be under threat – yet.
Monday afternoon saw the Liverpool Echo report that Rodgers retains the backing of the club’s owners and that Fenway Sports Group have no plans to change manager.
In a somewhat contradictory claim though, the report states:
“The Americans plan to conduct a thorough review into this season, once the campaign has finished, but unless there is a significant change of heart in Boston during the next month, Rodgers will be given the chance to continue as Reds boss.”
So basically, there has been no review yet, then his job is neither safe, nor under threat until that review has taken place.
We’ve seen in the past how ruthless FSG can be when targets aren’t met. They sacked Kenny Dalglish in 2012 for failing to qualify for the Champions League, despite winning the League Cup and getting to the FA Cup final.
Rodgers will have failed on all three of his targets for this season; a top four finish, to win a domestic Cup, and to progress to knockout stages of the Champions League.
Since the semi-final defeat, Liverpool have attempted some positive PR with numerous pieces of information arriving in the mainstream media. Interest in PSV forward Memphis Depay is now “confirmed” and reports on Jordan Henderson‘s new contract have both been reported the press on Tuesday.