Rodgers turns down Liverpool

Image: Brendan Rodgers: Will not be replacing Kenny Dalglish as Liverpool boss

Swansea boss Brendan Rodgers has turned down an approach from Liverpool over their managerial vacancy.

Search for Dalglish's replacement takes new twist

Swansea boss Brendan Rodgers has turned down an approach from Liverpool over their managerial vacancy. The Reds sacked Kenny Dalglish on Wednesday after a disappointing season that resulted in their worst league finish for 18 years. Owners Fenway Sports Group (FSG) have already made an approach for Wigan boss Roberto Martinez but are keen to interview other candidates as they search for the right man. But it won't be Rodgers who is heading to Anfield, after the Northern Irishman rejected the opportunity to speak to FSG. The 39-year-old guided the Swans to 11th in their debut Premier League season, earning many plaudits for the team's attractive style of play. But it is apparent he does not view the Anfield club - who are seeking a fourth manager in two years - as the right step to develop his career.

12 candidates

A statement on Swansea's official website read: "Swansea City can confirm that an approach from Liverpool FC to speak to manager Brendan Rodgers was officially received by club chairman Huw Jenkins this morning. "The club is pleased to confirm that Brendan has declined the current opportunity to speak to the Anfield club about the vacant position. "The Swansea manager is currently working hard to strengthen their squad in readiness for the new Barclays Premier League campaign. "The club will make no further comment at this stage." Liverpool are believed to have drawn up a list of candidates that could include as many as 12 high-profile names. FSG's possible targets range from UEFA Champions League winners such as Fabio Capello and Pep Guardiola to young Premier League coaching talent like Martinez and Rodgers.

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