The national and local media report on Tuesday that Brendan Rodgers job as Liverpool manager is not under threat.
“Anfield officials have indicated Rodgers’ position is unchanged regardless of the severity of after a 6-1 defeat on the final day of the Premier League campaign,” writes Chris Bascombe in The Telegraph.
As has been previously reported, Rodgers will hold a post-season meeting with FSG investor and Liverpool director Michael Gordon – who all the papers report Rodgers has a strong relationship with.
Gordon is the man who, as we explained last February, “runs Liverpool” and is “in many ways the member of the ownership group who is most directly responsible for the day-to-day activities” of the club.
We understand that John W. Henry has been less involved in Liverpool over the past 18 months, with Gordon and chief executive Ian Ayre running the club.
“Liverpool’s principal owner John W Henry has effectively deferred all the major strategic decisions at Anfield to Gordon over recent years,” writes Bascombe.
He adds that “The strong working relationship Rodgers enjoys with Gordon will give him the confidence he will have the opportunity to correct the errors of the last eight months.”
Bascombe, like the rest of the media, writes that “the suggestion from within the club is the manager’s position will not be on the agenda in those talks.”
Paul Joyce of The Express claims that “The outcome of those talks [with Gordon], in particular Rodgers’ attitude in them, will determine whether that alters and his future becomes an issue.
Quite how someone’s job cannot be on the agenda having missed out on every intended target this season is somewhat baffling. Rodgers himself admitted that finishing either without a trophy or without a top four finish would be disappointing and he’s failed to deliver on either.
Rodgers has always explained how when he took over the club three years ago his target was to have the club in the Champions League after his third season in charge – another very important target missed.
Of course, with no actual quotes from anyone at Anfield, the media are being briefed as such and their reports are somewhat contradictory, with words such as “vulnerable” also used to describe Rodgers’ position.
Three years ago media reported that Kenny Dalglish’s job was safe a matter of weeks before he flew to Boston and was sacked by FSG.
Meanwhile, all reports on Tuesday claim Liverpool have ruled out appointing a director of football or making changes to the transfer committee.
It is reported that there could be changes made to Rodgers backroom staff though.