• Premier League

Rodgers rejects chance to speak to Liverpool

ESPN staff
May 18, 2012
Brendan Rodgers will not interview for the Liverpool job © PA Photos

Swansea City boss Brendan Rodgers has turned down the opportunity to speak with Liverpool about their vacant managerial position.

Senior staff at the Merseyside club have moved quickly in their attempts to find a replacement for former manager Kenny Dalglish, who was dismissed on Wednesday.

They have been given permission to speak to Wigan boss Roberto Martinez about the vacancy, while former Chelsea boss Andre Villas-Boas has also been touted as a strong contender.

Liverpool also requested to speak to Rodgers about the position, but the Northern Irishman is not interested in discussing the post.

The Swans have turned down Liverpool's request to speak with the Ulsterman, with the coach having spoken with his current club and voiced his wish to remain at the Liberty Stadium.

"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 Welsh club revealed in a statement on Friday.

"The club is pleased to confirm that Brendan has declined the current opportunity to speak to the Anfield club about the vacant position."

Didier Deschamps, Frank Rijkaard and even Pep Guardiola have all also been linked with the job in the press.

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