Brendan Rodgers has been sacked as Liverpool manager after a 1-1 draw with Everton left them floundering in 12th position.
The Northern Irishman – who took the job in 2012 – was relieved of his job after his Liverpool side picked up just 20 points from their last 17 Premier League games.
51.6 – Brendan Rodgers has the second best win percentage of any PL manager for Liverpool (after Benitez, 55.3%). Departed.
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In a joint Fenway Sports Group statement, Principal Owner John W Henry, Chairman Tom Werner and President Mike Gordon said:
“We would like to place on record our sincere thanks to Brendan Rodgers for the significant contribution he has made to the club and express our gratitude for his hard work and commitment.
“All of us have experienced some wonderful moments with Brendan as manager and we are confident he will enjoy a long career in the game.
“Although this has been a difficult decision, we believe it provides us with the best opportunity for success on the pitch. Ambition and winning are at the heart of what we want to bring to Liverpool and we believe this change gives us the best opportunity to deliver it.
“The search for a new manager is underway and we hope to make an appointment in a decisive and timely manner.”
Former Liverpool captain Jamie Carragher said on Sky Sports: “It hasn’t gone well for him and he needed to make a good start this season. He was maybe fortunate to stay on at the end of last season.
“I don’t like doing it now. Do it in the summer if you want to make a change. He’ll have known himself that he had to make a good start and he hasn’t.
“The natives are restless. At this moment the owners’ track record over the last two or three years is not good enough. It’s miles off. Rodgers can’t argue in some ways. He’s been there three years, he hasn’t won a trophy and they’ve played Champions League football once. That’s not good enough for Liverpool.
“He has lost big players but he has reinvested money and very few of his signings have come off. Liverpool are becoming Tottenham. They think they are a big club but the real big clubs aren’t concerned about what they do. What are these owners going to do to get the club back to where it needs to be?
“In my experience, Liverpool don’t like sacking managers.
“As soon as it’s going on a downward spiral for a manager it’s best to make a change. It may have been harsh to sack Brendan in the summer but it was always difficult to turn it around.
“It would have been better to have a clean break.”
Rodgers is believed to have taken the news in outstanding fashion.