Belfast Telegraph

Timing not right for Rodgers

Swansea manager Brendan Rodgers says he will be ready if he gets the chance to manage one of the top sides in the Barclays Premier League, but admits now might not be the right time for such a move.

The 39-year-old Northern Irishman has been linked with taking over at Sunday's opponents Tottenham, should current incumbent Harry Redknapp take the England job, while he was also mentioned in connection with Chelsea, where he served as a reserve and youth-team coach.

Rodgers said: "I don't think it (a move to a top club) would be too soon but it might be too soon in my personal life. This has been a big year for us."

Rodgers believes his experiences at Chelsea mean he could step into one of the top-flight's elite clubs, but says that following a season during which his father Malachy died in September after a battle with cancer, it may not be the right time for him.

He added: "Once I get a chance at the end of the season I will need a lot of reflection time in relation to the season and how we have done, but also on a personal level a lot has happened with my father and lots of other things so I will have a job to reflect on all of that.

"I have many things to reflect on but when is the right time?

"People talk about experience, I was fortunate I experienced working with people like [Jose] Mourinho and [Luiz Felipe] Scolari, something that some managers and coaches will never get in their careers.

"I worked in the most successful era in Chelsea's history so I was in pole position in terms of learning. I experienced the Champions League, FA Cup finals and games of that magnitude. So if that day ever comes it won't be a case of 'do I believe I can work at that level?'"

And Rodgers, who signed a new three-and-a-half year contract last month, says while he is being linked with jobs elsewhere, he is only focused on Swansea and making sure they retain their top-flight status.

"When you have performed as our players have that attention gravitates towards you," he said. "But it is not something I am looking for. But it's the British game, it's speculation, it's gossip. I can't control it so I don't worry about it. my only worry is to move Swansea forward."


From Belfast Telegraph