Reading FC confirm Brendan Rodgers as new manager

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Reading FC confirm Brendan Rodgers as new manager

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By Nick Ive
June 04, 2009


Reading have confirmed that Brendan Rodgers will be their next manager. :football1:

As we exclusively revealed here last night a deal had been agreed with Watford and Rodgers would be appointed Steve Coppell's successor today.

I understand 36-year-old Rodgers will sign a three-year deal at Madejski Stadium. He will also bring in coaches Frank Lampard Senior and Dean Austin and football physiologist Karl Halabi, who was on Reading's books as a youngster.

Reading will have to pay an initial £500,000 in compensation, but that will rise to £1million should Royals gain promotion to the Premier League.

Watford did not want to lose Rodgers, but they knew they had lost the battle to keep him when he expressed his desire to talk with the club where he began his coaching career.

Hornets chairman Jimmy Russo said: "Following speculation over the Reading vacancy I had spoken to Brendan only last week and he had assured me that he was 100 per cent committed to Watford FC and our plan for the future.

Once Brendan had confirmed his desire to discuss the opportunity and Reading had met a contractual compensation figure, we were powerless to prevent him doing so.

"I then spent up until Monday evening negotiating with Reading a vastly improved compensation package, starting at £500,000 and potentially rising to £1million.

"We also had a frank and open conversation with the manager on Monday afternoon to further understand his position. It was at this stage he strongly reinforced his desire to talk to Reading."

Rodgers guided the Hornets to safety last season after arriving at Vicarage Road in November. See tomorrow's getreading newspaper for full story.

Re: Reading FC confirm Brendan Rodgers as new manager

Post by old_chris »

As a Watford fan, I can only register my disappointment in the man. He worked at Watford for half a season and was relatively successful, we were looking forward to a new season with someone solid at the helm.

There is no commitment in football any more, very sad.
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