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Galatasaray in talks with former Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers

By Robert Jones

Brendan Rodgers is being lined up to take over the vacant manager's position at Turkish side Galatasaray.

The Carnlough man was sacked by Liverpool at the beginning of October after a poor start to the season and replaced by Jurgen Klopp.

Galatasaray, who are currently third in the Super Lig behind Fenerbache and Besiktas, have opened talks with the Ulsterman.

The Turkish giants are without a manager after sacking Hamza Hamzaoglu after less than a year in charge.

Hamzaoglu, who had three years remaining on his contract, only signed an initial one-year deal with a yearly salary of $500,000 - a sum that made him one of the lowest paid members of the squad and one of the lowest paid managers in the league before accepting an extension.

He managed to win the league and cup double at the Türk Telekom Arena for only the sixth time in the club's history but his tenure is now over.

Rodgers' finest achievement in management is victory in the Football League Championship play-offs in 2011 as Swansea City manager.

When he moved to Anfield, Liverpool finished second in the Premier League during the 2013-14 season, narrowly missing out on the team's first title since 1990.

But the departure of striker Luis Suarez and several poor signings sealed Rodgers' fate.

The 42-year-old has been linked with a return to Chelsea during Jose Mourinho's turbulent spell and he has also emerged as a surprise contender to take over Championship club QPR but perhaps the chance to work outside the country where his reputation was shattered will have more appeal.

A return to Swansea could also be on the cards if the club axe under-pressure Garry Monk.

Monk accepts results must improve to stop his job coming under threat, however he insists he has a "fantastic relationship" with club chairman Huw Jenkins and refuses to see tomorrow's Premier League visit of Bournemouth as a must-win game as far as his employment prospects are concerned.

Monk described reports ahead of the international break that he was about to get the sack as "irresponsible" and having an "agenda behind it".

"I don't have to speak to anyone to understand my situation," Monk said. "You have to get results and if you don't do that your job comes under threat.

"I don't need anyone to tell me that and no one has told me that.

"I'm aware how important the game is, but I'll let other people say whether it is (must-win)."

Asked whether he had taken what was described as a "crisis call" from Jenkins the day after Swansea's last game, a 1-0 defeat at Norwich on November 7, Monk said that was simply not the case.

"It's so wide of the truth it is unbelievable," said Monk, whose side are five points above the final relegation spot occupied by Bournemouth.

"I've got a fantastic relationship with the chairman and he's very supportive of me, we speak all the time about football and the transfer windows.

"What you learn from management is that results are the be-all and end-all, and if you don't get them then that obviously creates pressure."

Meanwhile, current Liverpool manager Klopp has spoken to compatriot Emre Can about being caught up in the Paris terror attacks and the late cancellation of Germany's friendly against Holland on security grounds.

The 21-year-old came on as a substitute in Germany's friendly against France last Friday which was targeted by suicide bombers as part of a co-ordinated series of attacks on the French capital in which 129 people were killed.

Then on Tuesday, Germany's home friendly against the Dutch in Hanover was called off an hour before kick-off after authorities received evidence of a significant security threat.

"We spoke about this but, like everyone, not in a special way," said Klopp. "He is a young lad who was in a very difficult situation. Like all of us it is difficult to understand or change.

"We have to trust in the people who have a bit more power to change it and we will see what happens. It was not the best experience for the boys but it was an experience. Now they are here, back at home."

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