Rodgers embraces ‘positive fear’ of sack

Date published: Friday 25th September 2015 9:46

Brendan Rodgers

Brendan Rodgers insists he is not scared by the prospect of losing his job as Liverpool manager – as speculation mounts that the club have contemplated employing other managers.

Liverpool have won just twice in the Premier League this season and have struggled to score goals, which has led to talk that Fenway Sports Group have approached Carlo Ancelotti and Jurgen Klopp about taking over the reins at Anfield.

The Daily Mirror claimed on Friday that he has just ten days to save his job.

“I’m never complacent enough to think that it has never been (in danger). It’s probably what drives a manager on, that fear. Positive fear,” said Rodgers.

“Every day you need to be at your best and when you come into here, into a club of this stature, that is always there. It doesn’t frighten me, I have an inherent belief in what I do.

“I think when you’re a manager of club of this size there’s always going to be speculation around the job. If you’re not winning, that will intensify.

“I think there have been 10 managers linked with the club while I’ve been here. You take that as part and parcel of the game.

“I have regular contact with the owners and the relationship has always been strong. Whether I’m here for one day, one month, another year, whatever, I’ll always have a respect for the owners and the people I work with closely here, such as [chief executive] Ian Ayre.

“I walked in here three years ago as a 39-year-old manager and as I sit here today I’m a much better manager. But I understand you need to get results and that is the aim.”

Rodgers’ men have scored just four times in six league games and have been one of the most wasteful sides in front of goal so far, but the Anfield boss has pledged to play “exciting” football.

“I want to be here for a long period. I’ll prepare my team to prepare exciting dynamic football,” added the 42-year-old.

 

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