Kingsley Kanayo | Lagos
Liverpool have sacked manager Brendan Rodgers with immediate effect, the Premier League club have announced.
Speculation about Rodgers’ future has been a near daily occurrence but he leaves Liverpool only three points off fourth place heading into the international break.
“Liverpool Football Club has announced that Brendan Rodgers will leave his post with immediate effect after having his contract terminated,” read a statement on the Liverpool website.
“The process to appoint a new manager is underway,” added the statement.
Rodgers leaves the club after collecting just one win in the last nine games in all competitions the only win coming over bottom three side Aston Villa last weekend. Disappointing form in both the Capital One Cup and Champions league on the back of poor league form have prompted the club’s owners to act.
Rodgers was appointed as Liverpool boss on June 1st, 2012, succeeding Kenny Dalglish. He led the club to a seventh placed finish in his first season, one better than the previous season, before leading an unexpected second place finish the following season, earning a return to the Champions League for the first time in five years.
According to the statement from Liverpool, “We would like to place on record our sincere thanks to Brendan Rodgers for the significant contribution he has made to the club and express our gratitude for his hard work and commitment,” owner John Henry, chairman Tom Werner and president Mike Gordon told the clubs website via a joint statement.
“All of us have experienced some wonderful moments with Brendan as manager and we are confident he will enjoy a long career in the game.
“Although this has been a difficult decision, we believe it provides us with the best opportunity for success on the pitch. Ambition and winning are at the heart of what we want to bring to Liverpool and we believe this change gives us the best opportunity to deliver it.”
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