Swansea chief Jenkins confirms Rodgers is Liverpool-bound

Brendan Rodgers will be confirmed as the new Liverpool manager just as soon as the club’s owners Fenway Sports Group agree on a compensation package with Swansea.

The 39-year-old was offered the job, believed to be on a three-year contract, after talks with FSG yesterday and he returned to south Wales to tell chairman Huw Jenkins he wanted to take up their offer.

It is anticipated Liverpool will have to pay between £4 million and £5m as Rodgers only signed a new three-and-a-half-year contract in February.

A resolution is expected to be found imminently with the Antrim man likely to be presented as successor to Kenny Dalglish tomorrow.

“I was contacted by Liverpool last night and they expressed their wish to speak to Brendan regarding their vacancy,” said Jenkins in a statement last night. “I had a discussion with Brendan to talk about their interest and his views on whether he wanted to speak to Liverpool. He expressed his wish with me to do that and he has spoken to Liverpool today.

“Following on from discussions with Liverpool’s owners, Brendan has informed us that he would like to take up their offer to manage Liverpool.

“At the moment we are currently in talks with the owners to agree compensation.

“We are trying to finalise that within the next 24 hours.”

Rodgers moved ahead of Wigan manager Roberto Martinez, who held talks with Reds’ principal owner John Henry in Miami last week, in the pecking order in the last couple of days. He had initially rejected their advances as he did not want to become involved in a wide-ranging selection process to canvass the best available talent.

However, when it became clear FSG had narrowed down their options to two he relented and discussions were conducted swiftly.

Earlier Wigan chairman Dave Whelan had confirmed Martinez is staying with the club.

Whelan said: “Roberto is staying with us and I’ve agreed to his request to up our spending on youth development and training facilities.

“That’s going to be pretty costly as I have agreed to a full-sized indoor pitch — and that will cost £1.5m.

“Roberto’s very keen on that aspect of the club. I have also agreed with him to bring in three or four new players.”


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