Liverpool chairman Tom Werner has spoken out about the sacking of Brendan Rodgers, saying that he was given ample time to succeed at the club.
Rodgers, 42, was giving his marching orders after the 1-1 draw to Everton in the Merseyside Derby. The club has now appointed Jurgen Klopp as its new manager. Werner, who is chairman of the Fenway Sports Group that owns Liverpool, spoke about the decision to let Rodgers go.
“When we appointed Brendan we thought he was going to be the right manager for Liverpool,” Werner told The Guardian. “Obviously we now feel that we have got the world-class manager and beyond that there is not much more I would like to say.
“We gave Brendan, as you know, an opportunity to see if we could improve this season. There was some very good football last season and some not so good football. There were some challenges that dealt with injuries, we brought in some new players that Brendan recommended that we thought would take us forward. We are where we are. I don’t want to say too much. Brendan is an outstanding manager and we decided to move in a different direction and I am very optimistic.”
Liverpool sits in 10th place with 12 points after eight games, and that didn’t cut it for FSG who wants to compete for titles.
“Obviously we have a challenge this season and Jürgen said it right,” Werner said. None of the supporters are satisfied with our position right now and we believe that Jürgen is the right manager to take us forward. As you all know we came into this situation with great ambition and I would rather focus on the future.”