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Brendan Rodgers has thanked the fans after leaving Swansea

Brendan Rodgers has thanked the fans after leaving Swansea

Brendan Rodgers has thanked the fans after leaving Swansea

New Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has written an open letter thanking staff and fans at former club Swansea.

The Northern Irishman was officially appointed Reds boss last Friday, admitting the chance at Anfield was too good to pass up after a second approach from the Merseysiders.

"The chance to manage one of the world's great footballing institutions doesn't come around very often in a manager's life and, after two approaches, I have decided to take up the professional challenge," he wrote in his letter, published by the South Wales Evening Post. "Before doing so I wanted to leave you my wholehearted thanks and gratitude for a truly memorable period of my life."

He went on: "My story at Swansea City began nearly two years ago and my mission above anything else was very clear: to inspire the city.

"My aim for a legacy was simply to have made Swansea City Football Club an attacking and creative team who were enjoyable to watch, and to make the people of Swansea proud of their great club, city and nation.

"In the years ahead, you, the most important people at the club, will decide if I achieved those dreams, but the journey for me has been one I will never forget.

"We created history together to become the first Welsh club in the Premier League, and defied all the odds at the same time, and there is no doubt the club will continue to flourish in the coming years."

Rodgers praised Swans chairman Huw Jenkins, with whom he had a particularly close relationship, and the club's supporters' trust while also thanking the teachers and pupils at his daughter's primary school.

Having impressed the assembled press at Anfield with the way he handled his first public engagement, Rodgers had a grateful word for the journalists he left behind in Swansea.

"I want to thank the media in Wales for the respectful way they have gone about their job," he added. "In particular to the South Wales Evening Post, who have been sensitive to the personal issues I have had in my social life."

PA