Belfast Telegraph

Rodgers not interested in Blues job

Swansea manager Brendan Rodgers has ruled himself out of the running to be the new Chelsea boss as he is looking to build his career and "not destroy it".

The 39-year-old is seen as one of the brightest managerial talents in Britain, having led the Swans to promotion and making an impressive start to life in the Barclays Premier League. The Northern Irishman worked under Jose Mourinho during a spell on the coaching staff at Chelsea, who sacked manager Andre Villas-Boas on Sunday.

He told the South Wales Evening Post: "For me the focus is on Swansea. I came here to do a job. The story for us all so far has been fantastic and I hope that will continue. If any of our fans are wondering about me and Chelsea, they need not panic. I am trying to build my career and not destroy it."

Rodgers, who has also had spells as manager of Watford and Reading, added: "It's sad to see Andre depart. The transition that is needed at the club is very much evident, and it's a job that requires sensitivity about where the club is at.

"It's about understanding and respecting what the players have done there and also having that ruthless streak to manage the club. I feel Andre tried to do those things but, for whatever reason, it just hasn't worked out."

Rodgers admits the Chelsea post is an attractive one and is intrigued as to how the vacancy will be filled.

"There is so much going for Chelsea - it's a terrific club," he added. "But you can't continue doing what they do and have success. It does not work.

"The next manager who goes in there will have the same problems and issues.

"It's a big job and demanding job - that's how it is at the big clubs and that's why the salaries are so high.

"It's certainly going to be interesting to see what route they go down now."


From Belfast Telegraph