Liverpool balls: Rodgers gets the ‘axe’ and refuses to ‘quit’
Is Brendan Rodgers heading out of Liverpool FC? The Sun and the Daily Mirror each have a take on the story.
David Maddock, the Daily Mirror, September 25:
The Liverpool manager retains the support of his club’s American owners, for now. The 42-year-old is pragmatic enough to know the backing that came – surprisingly strongly – from the other side of the Atlantic this week will not endure unless there is a seismic shift in performance
Ken Lawrence, The Sun, September 25:
His [Rodgers] language — in terms of what he says as well as his body — suggests he now thinks it inevitable Fenway Sports Group will get rid of him. Rodgers might have been referring to a statement prepared AFTER the American owners had ended his three–year tenure when he declared: “I know I’ve given it everything.”
And in a second story also from September 25 by Ken Lawrence:
BRENDAN RODGERS’ biggest fight is against the enemy within — not the critics determined to see him sacked. They say you never walk alone at Anfield but the Liverpool boss is becoming isolated from his Fenway Sports Group employers. Ahead of tomorrow’s must–win clash at home to struggling Aston Villa, the sound of silence from principle owner John W. Henry and chairman Tom Werner is deafening.
Have Fenway Sports Group backed him or not? The Mirror says ‘yes’ the Sun says ‘no’.
One day on and the Mirror declares that “defiant” Rodgers “shrugs off critics”:
Or as the Sun puts it – Rodgers “looks resigned to the Liverpool axe”:
Rodgers is defiant and resigned?
Such are the facts.