LMA Award – 20 years in the making

Liverpool manager, Brendan Rodgers has told The Liverpool Echo that the LMA Award he collected this week was ‘two decades in the making’

Rodgers football career as a player before a knee injury forced him to consider other avenues. His journey to managing LFC, one of the finest teams in history, began by coaching the youth team at Reading.

Speaking at the awards ceremony at Old Billingsgate, London as he collected the accolade in from of his peers, he gave the following interview to The Liverpool Echo:

“It was a huge privilege to receive it, especially being the first Liverpool manager to win the LMA award considering the great managers who have worked here,”

“When I started out as a young coach working in the community scheme at Reading, my ideas at that time was that I wanted to help people to improve and become better – to become better players and better people. That’s what I set out to do.

“The other factor for me was to earn respect. I never had any playing career of note.

“I moved into coaching and at that point all I wanted to do in my life was earn respect for my work.

“I’ll go away and fully reflect on the season as a whole, but my overriding feeling is one of pride in terms of where the club is at. I believe we have regained the soul of the club.”

“I didn’t necessarily want to be liked, but to be someone reputable in their field. The award the other night was a moment at which I have achieved that at this point in my life.

“To have gained the votes of the league managers and coaches throughout the LMA was a signal and a symbol of what I’ve wanted to do since I was a young coach.

“I was over the moon with that. I received it with great honour. Obviously I will continue to fight to hopefully win more awards because if I do that it means Liverpool have done well.”

Rodgers’ is set to sign a further contract which will see him remain at the club this summer. It’s certainly a turn-around from four years ago. Despite the reputation he had built up, coaching at Chelsea, Rodgers struggled to find work after being sacked by Reading. In fact, he applied for and was unable to even secure an interview in League One.

His fortunes were turned around however when in July 2010 he was given an opportunity by Huw Jenkins, Chairman at Swansea.

“There were certainly moments where I had doubts,” he said.

“At that time it was hard being out of work. All I wanted was an opportunity.

“I’d basically had one year as a manager – two six-month spells. One which had gone well at Watford and I left of my own accord and then one which didn’t go so well at Reading.

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Lisa Thomas

is a mum of two, based in the UK. Her youngest son is named for Robbie Fowler and Steven Gerrard which proves her complete devotion to the Redmen, her eldest is named for Luke Skywalker, but that’s another story! She loves to write both factual and creative content for websites, articles and reports and works for an integrated Digital Marketing Agency; www.visionfive.co.uk She hopes one day to meet Steven Gerrard face to face.

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