Brendan Rodgers Biography

Fri 02 July 2021 | 13:30

Although due to a knee condition he had to retire from playing football very early, he has proved himself to be amongst the best English football coaches of his generation. In this article, we will take a look at Brendan Rodgers biography.

Brendan Rodgers, born on 26 January 1973 in Carnlough, is a football manager and former Northern Irish footballer, who played as a defender. After early retirement from playing football, he started a coaching career. Now, he works as head coach of Leicester City.

Rodgers embarked on his football career at Ballymena United and then moved to Reading when he was 18, though an injury forced him to end his career at an early age. As a result, Rodgers remained at Reading and served as a youth team coach. José Mourinho offered him a job at Chelsea in the same position in 2004.

By 2006, he had become Chelsea's reserves coach. He accepted an offer to take over Watford in November 2008. However, in June 2009 he rejoined Reading, although this time as the first-team coach after the resignation of Steve Coppell. As early as December 2009, however, he departed the club by mutual agreement.

His appointment with Swansea City came in July 2010. He took Swansea City to the Premier League in one year and made Swansea City the first Welsh club to play in this competition. He was named coach of Liverpool F.C. on 1 June 2012, signing a three-year contract with them. He finished seventh in the league with "The Reds" during the 2012/2013 season, while in 2013/2014 he and Liverpool became runners-up in England, with a real chance of final triumph until the last round, and returned to the Champions League competition with the club after its five-year absence.

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His excellent performance in the league led him to be voted manager of the season by the League Managers Association. On 26 May 2014, Rodgers' contract with the club was extended until 2018. He was dismissed from Liverpool on 4 October 2015 after a draw in the Merseyside derby. He became the coach of Leicester City on 26 February 2019.

Brendan Rodgers Information

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Brendan Rodgers biography

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Brendan Rodgers Bio

  • Full Name: Brendan Rodgers

  • Nickname: Buck Rodgers

  • Profession: Professional Footballer

Brendan Rodgers Physical Stats

  • Weight: 75 Kg

  • Height: 1.70 m

  • Eye Color: Light Brown

  • Hair Color: Brown

Brendan Rodgers Football Information

  • Position: Defender

  • Jersey Number: 5

  • Professional Debut: 1987

Brendan Rodgers Date of Birth and Personal Info

  • Date of Birth: 26 January 1973

  • Birth Place: Carnlough, Northern Ireland

  • Zodiac Sign: Aquarius

  • Nationality: Northern Irish

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Brendan Rodgers Early Life

Rodgers started his career as a football player in Northern Ireland as a defender for Ballymena United. He made 12 appearances in three years in the league. When he was 17, he transferred to Reading, where he played for the reserve team. A genetic knee problem brought his playing career to an end at the age of 20. At the same time, he decided to join Reading’s coaching staff, working as a youth coach.

For a short time, Rodgers played for clubs outside the league system, for Newport on the Isle of Wight, Witney Town and Newbury Town, at the same time that he was a member of Reading’s coaching staff.

Brendan Rodgers Profile

In 2004, when the Portuguese Jose Mourinho took charge as the head coach of


, he approached Brendan Rodgers to work as his team’s head of youth development. After two seasons working at Chelsea, in 2006 he was promoted to be the head coach of the Chelsea reserve team.


Rogers' first managerial position was as manager of Watford's first team, which was competing in the Championship at the time. On November 24, 2008, he took over the team. He played his first official match in his career as a manager on 29 November 2008 in the 1-1 home draw against

Doncaster Rovers

, in the 20th matchday of Championship.

Four days later,


was knocked out of League Cup with a 1-2 home defeat against Tottenham Hotspur. Rogers’ first win as head coach of Watford came on 10 December 2008 where his team managed to win 2-1 against Norwich City at home.

Between 17 February and 28 February 2009, Brendan Rodgers managed to win three consecutive matches against Swansea City, Blackpool FC and Crystal Palace, respectively. In FA Cup, the club won against Scunthorpe United in the Third Round and after defeating Crystal Palace in the Fourth Round, they lost their match against Chelsea and left the competition.

In his first thirteen games, he only managed two victories, and Watford was in the relegation zone in January 2009, but Rogers managed to improve the team's form, and by the end, he managed to survive in the league with Watford, finishing 13th in the Championship table.

As the head coach of Watford, he managed the team in 31 matches, winning 13, drawing 6 and losing on 12 occasions in all competitions. In this section of Brendan Rodgers biography stay tuned as we want to share some information about his




A week after ensuring Watford's survival in the Championship and following the firing of Steve Kopel at Reading, Rogers emerged as the early favorite to take over as manager of his old club. Rogers was appointed manager of Reading on June 5, 2009, after Reading paid Watford £500,000 in compensation.

His first match as the head coach of Reading came on 8 August 2009, in the opening match of the 2009/10 Championship season as his team got a goalless draw against

Nottingham Forest

at home.

Brenda Rodgers’ first victory with Reading was achieved on August 11 of the same year in the first round of the League Cup against the club from the Second League (fourth rank of English football), Burton Albion with a convincing 5-1 win.

After two draws and two defeats in the first four Championship matches of the season, Brendan Rodgers’ team managed to clinch their first league win on 29 August 2009, 1-3 against Barnsley FC, a result which eased some pressure on him as the head coach.

Although Rodger had made a rather good start to his coaching career at Reading, however, just two weeks before the winter transfer break, Brendan Rodgers left his position as the head coach of Reading, due to poor results which placed his team in the 21st position in the league table.

Swansea City

After his spell with Reading, Brendan Rodgers accepted the offer of the Welsh team

Swansea City

on July 16, 2010, and was appointed their manager while the team was in the Championship. On 7 August 2010, he managed his new club for the first time in Championship, resulting in a 2-0 away defeat against Hull City.

Three days later, they managed to win 3-0 against Barnet at home, in the first round of the League Cup. Brendan Rodgers won his second league match of the season with a 4-0 home victory against Preston North End. At League Cup, Swansea City won his next two matches in the second and third round against Tranmere Rovers and Peterborough United, however, in the Round of 16, they were defeated 2-0 against

Wigan Athletic


Brendan Rodgers’ start at Swansea as a manager was very successful, and in February 2011 he received the Championship Manager of the Month award when Swansea won five of the six games he played that month, in which their goalkeeper managed to get a clean sheet four times.

That same year, after a 4-1 victory over Ipswich Town at the Liberty Stadium in Swansea on April 25, Rogers secured a place in the playoffs to fill the Premier League with Swansea, and shortly afterwards, on May 30, they were in the playoff finals at Wembley. In that match, he defeated his former team Reading with a score of 4-2 and for the first time in history introduced the Welsh team to the Premier League.

In the club’s first-ever match in English Premier League, Swansea was facing a tough challenge against Manchester City, and they lost the opening match of the new season 4-0 against the Citizens. Five days later, in their second match against Wigan Athletic, they got a goalless draw.

In their first League Cup match of that season, they lost against Shrewsbury Town 3-1 and were out of the competition very early. Rogers achieved his first victory in the Premier League on September 17, 2011, when Swansea beat West Bromwich Albion 3-0 at the Freedom Stadium in Swansea.

Despite predictions that Swansea will finish the season among the teams that are relegated to the Championship, their debut season was very impressive, and Swansea also managed to win points against some big teams such as Newcastle, Liverpool,


and Chelsea.

In January 2012, Swansea managed to defeat Aston Villa with a score of 0-2, and that same month, they also surprised everyone with a 3-2 win against Arsenal and got a 1-1 draw with Chelsea. Thanks to these results, Rogers received the award for January manager of the month in the Premier League. After this, Rogers signed a new three-and-a-half-year contract with Swansea.

Under Brendan Rodgers, Swansea City finished 11th in the English Premier League with 47 points, which was quite above expectations and a great achievement for Brendan Rodgers in his first experience as head coach of a Premier League team.

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stay tuned as we want to share some information about his career as manager of Liverpool.


In the summer of 2012, Brendan Rodgers was appointed as the new head coach of the


football club. After becoming the manager of Liverpool, he immediately received public support from the then

Real Madrid

coach, Jose Mourinho, who first gave him the opportunity at Chelsea, in 2004.

After taking over Liverpool, Brendan wrote an open letter to Swansea fans in July 2012 in which he thanked the fans and the management for the time he spent at the club and wishing them a bright future.

The next day, he held the first training session with the Liverpool players in Melwood, the training centre of Liverpool. Already on August 2, Rogers led Liverpool for the first time as a manager in a competitive match, FC Gomel from Belarus was defeated with 1: 0, in the qualification match for the Europa League.

However, in the domestic competitions, things did not start as he wished for. In the first game of the season, West Brom managed to beat Liverpool 3-0, and in the first five rounds, only two draws were recorded, with three defeats. However, the fans did not lose their hope, because a change in Liverpool's game was noticed from the first game compared to the previous season, as Liverpool had more possession and created more goal chances than the previous season.

Liverpool achieved its first league victory only in the sixth round, with a 5-2 victory over Norwich City away, and 1-0 at home over Reading, with a goal by Rahim Sterling, a player who was raised in Liverpool's academy and who was not yet 18 at the time, but Brendan gave him a chance in the first team.

On 13 October 2012, Liverpool was knocked out of the League Cup by Brendan’s former team Swansea City, following their 1-3 loss at home. In the FA Cup, they were already out of the competition very early as they lost 3-2 in Fourth Round to Oldham Athletic.

After qualifying for Europa League, Liverpool was drawn with Anzhi Makhachkala, BSC Young Boys and the Italian side Udinese Calcio. Brendan played his first European match against BSC Young Boys on 20 September 2012, winning 3-5. However, in their second match, they lost 2-3 to Udinese at home.

Liverpool finished first in Group A with 10 points and advanced to the second round. In the next round, they played against Russian club Zenit St. Petersburg and after a 2-0 away loss and 3-1 home win, they failed to qualify for the Round of 16.

In the January transfer window, Liverpool signed the Brazilian Coutinho from Inter Milan and the English striker Daniel Sturridge also arrived from Chelsea, who did not get a real chance in Manchester City or Chelsea. With these new signings, Liverpool's game became even faster and more efficient, and Rodgers was able to continue building the team for next season.

By the end of the season in the

Premier League

, Liverpool was trying to reach the fourth place which could lead them to the qualifications for the

Champions League

, but because of a bad start in the first part of the season, Liverpool just finished the season in seventh place, with 61 points, 12 less than the fourth team, Arsenal. However, things were improved at the club as they finished one position higher than the previous season and scored 24 more goals.

The 2013/14 season

The new season for Brendan Rodgers began as he and Liverpool fans were confident of a much more successful season for the Reds. At the time, the club was at the beginning of a transitional period and there were some replacements in the squad. Brendan brought goalkeeper Simon Mignolet from Sunderland, to replace Pepe Reina, who was the first goalkeeper of Liverpool for the last eight years, but in the last season had too many setbacks that resulted in lost points for the club.

Brendan Rodgers then signed Kolo Toure to fill the gap in defence arising from the retirement of Jamie Carragher and they also bought Iago Aspas, who was a Spanish striker, to cover for Luis Suarez at the beginning of the season, who was sidelined for 10 matches because of biting Branislav Ivanović in the match with Chelsea, in the 34th round of the previous season.

The preparations for the new season ended with Liverpool's tour of Asia and Australia, and the most impressive picture was left by Melbourne fans, 95,000 of them sang the Liverpool anthem and thus showed their commitment to the club in another part of the world and faith in better days under Brendan Rodgers.

In preparing the team for the new season, the club signed some other players and important leaders of the team, such as Luis Suarez was kept in the club, along with Steven Gerrard, the best player of Liverpool. In this way, Rogers strengthened the positions in the team that was weak in the previous season, and at the same time kept the best players, and then the fight for the best possible position at the end of the season began.

The new season for Liverpool started like a fairy tale. In the first three matches, Liverpool managed to clinch three 1-0 victories, against Stoke, Aston Villa and Manchester United. Simon Mignolet defended a last-minute penalty in the first game, Daniel Sturridge scored all three goals and took the title of player of the month in August.

Brendan Rodgers justifiably took the title of manager of the month, for the first time since he took over Liverpool. After the national team break, there was a drop in form in Liverpool's play, as in the fifth matchday Liverpool lost for the first time, at home against Southampton.

A week later in the League Cup, Liverpool was defeated at Old Trafford by Manchester United, but Liverpool fans did not lose hope for better games. Luis Suarez returned to the team from the sixth matchday and Liverpool were among the top four teams until December, thanks to the excellent games of the attacking duo of Suarez and Sturridge.

Before the injury of Daniel Sturridge in the match with Everton, on November 23, the two strikers managed to score 18 goals together. After Sturridge's injury, Luis Suarez was on fire and scored ten goals in December, and Liverpool welcomed Christmas as the first on the table, with the same number of points, but with a better goal difference than Arsenal.

After two consecutive defeats by Manchester City and Chelsea with the same result 2-1, Liverpool went into the New Year in fifth place and between the fans, a few of them believed that Liverpool would win a place in the Champions League.

However, from January 1, 2014, and the 3-1 victory over Hull City at Anfield, the rhapsody of Liverpool started. In the next 16 games, Liverpool went on undefeated, except in the quarterfinals of the FA Cup against Arsenal. Liverpool won all of their matches except those against Birmingham, Aston Villa and West Bromwich Albion, with ended in a draw.

Between 23 February and 20 April 2014, Liverpool won all of their league matches before losing against Chelsea on 27 April 2014, which ended 0-2. Liverpool won 44 of the possible 48 points and if they could’ve continued their great form in the last three matches of the season, they could’ve finished as the champions of England.

Liverpool finished runner-ups in the league, with just two points behind Chelsea. With direct placement in the Champions League, Rodgers was able to achieve the main goal at the beginning of the season. Under the command of Brendan Rodgers, Liverpool scored 52 and conceded 21 goals in 16 games in the second half of the season.

The Suarez-Sturridge duo was Liverpool's first attacking duo in fifty years to score more than 20 goals each, with captain Steven Gerrard scoring more than 10 goals and Rahim Sterling shining in the second half of the season he scored several important goals, also Martin Škrtel was the most prolific defensive player in the league with seven goals scored that season.

Due to the fantastic performances of Liverpool, Rodgers won the title of manager of the month again in March, for the second time that season, and Luis Suarez and Steven Gerrard shared the award for player of the month, with Suarez achieved that recognition himself after fantastic games in December.

Brendan Rodgers’ performance was great that season as he brought Liverpool from seventh to second place in the Premier League, after a season, won a place in the Champions League after five seasons. During that season, Liverpool played the best football in England, with an average of almost four goals per game, and he personally shared the title of Manager of the Year with Tony Pulis from

Crystal Palace


Dismissal from Liverpool

The next season was more complicated, Suarez joined Barcelona for a sum ranging from €75m to €90m depending on the source. This was followed by a plethora of new signings (Emre Can, Javier Manquillo, Alberto Moreno, Mario Balotelli, Rickie Lambert, etc.), which did not seem to add much to Rodgers' team.

The season started badly, with a poor 11th place finish in December 2014. As a result, Rodgers decided to change tactics, switching from the 4-3-3 to the more attacking 3-4-3 which worked as the club moved up the table by a large margin.

On 4 October 2015, Brendan Rodgers was sacked with immediate effect following the 1-1 draw against Everton, the second game of the week after the one against FC Sion in the Europa League, and a poor start to the league season (10th with 12 points) which followed a disappointing 2014-2015 season (6th place) in spite of heavy investment in the transfer market (€250M over 2 years). He was then replaced by the German Jürgen Klopp.


He was appointed as the new coach of Scottish club


on 20 May 2016. On 12 July 2016, during his first official game on the Hoops bench, he was beaten by Lincoln Red Imps in the first leg of the second qualifying round of the Champions League; although he managed to overturn the result in the second leg and qualified for the group stage.

After the season, they won the Scottish Premier League, Scottish Cup and League Cup, achieving the so-called domestic treble; in particular, Celtic finished the league undefeated, a feat not seen in over a century. During the following year, they managed to repeat their successes in the league, Scottish Cup and League Cup.

He left Celtic on 26 February 2019 during the season to sign for

Leicester City

, returning to the Premier League after more than three years.

Leicester City

He finished fifth in the league in his first year (missing out on Champions League qualification on the final day in a direct encounter with Manchester United), and reached the semi-finals of the League Cup and the quarter-finals of the FA Cup.

The next year he won the FA Cup by beating Chelsea 0-1 in the final (the first time ever for the club and the first trophy he won in England, making him the first to win the English and Scottish Cups since Alex Ferguson), while in the Europa League they were eliminated in the round of 16 by Slavia Prague and in the League Cup, they were knocked out in the third round.

However, in the league, they suffered a drop in the final weeks, slipping from third to fifth place, missing Champions League qualification by a single point when they lost on the final day to Tottenham 2-3. In this section of Brendan Rodgers biography stay tuned as we want to share some information about his coaching style.

Style of Play

Leicester City's Brendan Rodgers is no longer the same Brendan Rodgers of Swansea. While the style of his teams has changed, his footballing 'ideology' (a term he prefers to 'philosophy') has not fundamentally shifted. From the Barcelona-style juego de posicion that made Swansea a team apart in the Championship, and even in the Premier League after promotion, he has moved on to the play of his Leicester, still capable of assuming control of the ball, but even more formidable on the counter than when in control of the ball.

As the game has evolved, so has the man - well, a little. However, the impression he gives to England is not what it used to be, given what he has achieved. It is difficult to take seriously the people who do it for you. It is his personality that wants this, a mixture of insecurity and egocentricity, a personality that has been compared to David Brent's character in "The Office", which is not a compliment. Rodgers is apparently unable to laugh at himself.

He also appears unable to grasp the extent to which the image of a football mindset that he wants to project in public works against him - despite the fact that, in microcosm, absolutely no one doubts his abilities.


As one of the young football managers of England and with regard to his good record during his coaching career, many English football pundits believe that Brendan Rodgers got what it takes to establish himself as one of the greatest football coaches of his generation.

Brendan Rodgers outside Football

At the moment, as a young manager who is fully concentrated on his coaching career, Brendan Rodgers doesn’t have any other business outside football. He spends his free time from football with his family and his new wife.

Brendan Rodgers Personal Life

In this section of Brendan Rodgers biography, we will take a look into his personal life and share some info about

Brendan Rodgers life story


Brendan Rodgers religion


Family, Children and Relationships

Rogers was born in the Northern Irish town of Carnlough. His father was a painter and designer, and his mother, Kristina, worked for the Irish Catholic charity organization Trokair as a volunteer. Brendan is indeed the oldest of the family's five sons. His younger brother rose to fame as a country singer and is now based in Nashville, Tennessee, in the United States.

Brendan was born to a Catholic father and a Protestant mother. He graduated from Balimeni's "All Saints" elementary school and subsequently attended the city's "St. Patrick" college. Brendan's life was never shaped by religion because his father had been a Catholic and his mother a Protestant. Brendan's mother Kristina died in 2010 at the age of 53, and his father died in September 2011 only at the age of 59, just a few months after.

Brendan Rodgers was married to Susan, with whom he has a son Anton, a professional football player in the Oldham Athletic team, and a daughter Misha. Brendan is nicknamed the Bunny, or "Buck" in English, after the popular hero of the cartoon from the early '90s, Zeki Rogers. He and his wife got divorced in 2014. Three years later, he married a woman named Charlotte Searle.

Because of his commitment to Liverpool and excellent results in the second season on the club bench, Liverpool fans, the popular Scouts, sang him a song with the following lyrics:

“Brendan Rodgers, Brendan Rodgers, Brendan Rodgers, We're on our way to glory, Built the team as Shankly did, and kids will have a story...”


As a famous football manager in Britain, we have always seen Brendan Rodgers participate in different charity projects during his career. During his spell with Celtic, he was active in many different philanthropy projects.

Legal Issues

Other than his divorce in 2014, there are no reports of any legal issues or disputes regarding Brendan Rodgers on the media.

Brendan Rodgers Career Statistics

In this section of Brendan Rodgers biography, we will take a look at his career stats on the international and club level.


As a player, he never managed to start his professional career due to a knee problem and he was forced to retire from playing football while he was 20 years old, playing for Reading at the time.


From November 2008 and as of 23 May 2021, he took charge of his teams in 596 matches and with 321 wins, 119 draws and 156 defeats, he has a win ratio of 53.9 percent which is good.

Brendan Rodgers Honors

As a manager, Brendan Rodgers has won many club titles and awards, including Scottish Premiership, Scottish Cup and Scottish League Cup with Celtic and the FA Cup with Leicester City.

On a personal level, his awards include LMA Manager of the Year, SFWA Manager of the Year and many others.

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