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19 May 2012 @ 01:37 am
Liverpool to interview André Villas-Boas  

Liverpool to interview André Villas-Boas but not Rafael Benítez

• Former Chelsea manager interested in Anfield opportunity
• Swansea City's Brendan Rodgers declines interview offer

Liverpool will hold talks with André Villas-Boas next week over the managerial vacancy at Anfield but their wide-ranging approach to finding Kenny Dalglish's successor has resulted in Brendan Rodgers rejecting an interview offer from Fenway Sports Group, the club's owners.

Villas-Boas, who guided Porto to the Portuguese title and Europa League before an ill-fated spell at Chelsea, discussed a possible move to Roma this summer but, with the Italians going for Vincenzo Montella, has made it known he would be interested in a second stint in English football with Liverpool. Anfield officials have scheduled talks with the 34-year-old and the Wigan Athletic manager Roberto Martínez for the coming days as they accelerate the process of replacing Dalglish.

Pep Guardiola and Fabio Capello top the wish-list but Liverpool have not received encouragement from that pair. Jürgen Klopp, the double-winning coach of Borussia Dortmund, cannot be tempted from Germany. Rafael Benítez, who has made no secret of his desire to return to the club where he won the Champions League in 2005 and still lives on Merseyside, has not yet been approached although John W Henry, the principal owner, may consider an approach to the Spaniard depending on the outcome of talks with other candidates next week.

FSG are putting together a new management structure at Liverpool and doubts have been voiced over Benítez's willingness to work as part of that team given the control he sought, and received, during negotiations for his final contract at Anfield. However, the 52-year-old worked under a technical director both before he joined Liverpool, at Valencia, and afterwards, at Internazionale.

Liverpool's exhaustive interview process invited ridicule on Friday when a post on the club's official Twitter account asked: "Who do you want to replace Kenny Dalglish as #LFC manager? Reply with your suggestions and reasons." The club later said the tweet was "misunderstood – we were simply looking for fan views to include on a fun online feature". It also deterred Rodgers from accepting Liverpool's approach.

The Swansea City manager was invited for an interview but declined on the basis that Liverpool should be fully aware of what he brings to the table. Rodgers is also conscious of how disrespectful it would look to the Swansea supporters if he was seen to be chasing, rather than being offered, another position.

The 39-year-old signed an improved three-and-a-half year contract at Liberty Stadium in February and although he is hugely ambitious, there is no sense that he needs to go looking for opportunities elsewhere, especially at a time when he is trying to build a team at Swansea. Talks are ongoing in relation to signing Gylfi Sigurdsson, who was such a revelation on loan last season. There is also a feeling among those close to Rodgers that Swansea's performance at Anfield in November, when they were applauded off the pitch by the Liverpool supporters, together with the 1-0 victory over Dalglish's team on the last day of the season, should provide more than enough evidence of his qualities, as opposed to being part of a formal interview process.

Rodgers, who is also on the shortlist for the managerial vacancy at Aston Villa, has seen his reputation grow on the back of Swansea's outstanding first season in the Premier League, when they finished 11th and were widely acclaimed for their easy-on-the-eye playing style.

A Swansea statement said: "Swansea City can confirm that an approach from Liverpool FC to speak to manager Brendan Rodgers was officially received by 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 the squad in readiness for the new Barclays Premier League campaign. The club will make no further comment at this stage."

Liverpool, meanwhile, are to appoint Jen Chang, the senior editor for football at, as their new head of communications.



  1. FUCK YEAAAAAH!!!!!!
  2. I will ask ABSOLUTELY NOTHING for Christmas if AVB lands the job. I promise.
  3. FUCK YEAH LIVERPOOL, please do give him a chance, he's sooooo worth it!!
  4. Excuse the shameless F.C.Porto plug in the picture (and all over the post, really), but I just miss him so so so so much there, and I actually was there at the stadium during his official presentation when he held this samurai sword, so this picture always leaves me teary-eyed.
  5. I'm so happy this is still a real possibility I could actually cry.
  6. Requesting an 'André Villas-Boas' tag.

The whole Nação Portista roots for you, André! <3

Sharing this because they're my absolute favourite band and every Liverpool fan should know this song (hint: listen until the end).
Current Mood: excitedexcited
Current Music: Pink Floyd - Fearless
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Lizgrrliz on May 18th, 2012 11:51 pm (UTC)
I know this is clearly a Guardian article from the links within it, but is there a permalink to the article itself? Merci.

AVB was one of the few things I enjoyed about Chelsea this year (as a non-Chelsea fan, obv) and I was pretty disappointed when he got sacked. My sister and I keep joking, though, that Liverpool would never attract one of these fashionable Euro coaches and that AVB would never come. (Speaking of fashionable Euro coaches: what happened to Leonardo?)

Re: Jen Chang: his Twitter is now locked, but apparently these are some of the tweets he made during Suarezgate and they leave me incredibly cold and not very optimistic about how this will actually improve our PR issues. Obviously he was making those comments on a personal Twitter account and would hopefully take a different approach when dealing with official PR work for the club, but he seems to have the same lack of understanding about the problems with Suarezgate as the previous communications team, and that doesn't leave me excited about his alleged appointment.
untxiuntxi on May 18th, 2012 11:52 pm (UTC)
Ooooops, with all the excitement I actually forgot to link the source. =/ Fixing it now.
(no subject) - grrliz on May 18th, 2012 11:56 pm (UTC) (Expand)
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athy_songs on May 18th, 2012 11:59 pm (UTC)
Seems to me that he could be a good appointment, if the owners/fans/players can give him the time and money to build something.
Zilchrobinsparkle on May 19th, 2012 12:18 am (UTC)
He's my top choice to see in, 2nd would be Rafa. DNW anyone from lower level EPL clubs -_- though it seems we're headed that way
untxiuntxi on May 19th, 2012 12:23 am (UTC)
Someone once told me the 3 rules for a happy life - 2 were stupid and I can't remember them anymore, but the third one was 'don't ever go back to your old heroes'. After everything that happened with Kenny, I feel tempted to agree - too much heartbreak if things go wrong. =( That's the only reason why I'm afraid of having Rafa back.

Completely agree with you on the lower level EPL club managers - if you start thinking like a mid-table team, you'll become a mid-table team.
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venisonfurs: Stevie Dirkvenisonfurs on May 19th, 2012 12:46 am (UTC)
I have to say I think all of the cons involved in taking on Liverpool for any high-profile manager are moot when it comes to someone who is determined to conquer the Premiere League.
I love what he did with Porto and I get his style. With LFC he's only dealing with one old-timer (Stevie) and then a whole squad of players that haven't gelled- big fish in their ponds who have not aquiesced to a TEAM. As opposed to Chelsea where there were SO many old-timers and big fish- none of them would really bend to his philosophy.
I am sceptical about his ability to galvanize a team, to spot and integrate talent. Yet he would be dealing with a team that is, in essence- new.
This team has never gelled. A lot of this team is made of small-pond big-fish who apparently have not been brought together and motivated as a team. His vision is very old-school Liverpool. If he has the man-to-man personal skills he could take them anywhere. The talent is there. The only thing needed is the depth of intuition, ability to lead with calm and stern personal guidance, and the psychological intelligence to bring a group of newly spawned egos together for the sake of a bigger and greater good.
candyrushhcandyrushh on May 19th, 2012 01:07 am (UTC)
its not like they didnt bend to his philosophy, it just didnt work.
you cannot play attacking and a high line defense when you don't have the players suited
for it. its stupid, and its the reason we were practically leaking on goals. The defenders
obviously werent comfortable. I kind of wish he had slowly built his team while having to work
with the players he had. He needed time, but also his problem was that he didnt budge. He was interested
in doing things one way, and it didnt work out. and he also lost the dressing room. Still i liked him, however
when I think of him as a manager, he was a disaster. He learned a lot though, and he'll learn from it, he was quite
dynamic and had a good football philosophy, but seemed utterly clueless on how to implement it with our team.
LOL it would be just our luck if he goes to 'pool and is amazing and they are a top 4 team again.
(no subject) - untxi on May 19th, 2012 01:23 am (UTC) (Expand)
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until the very endarchsaio on May 19th, 2012 12:46 am (UTC)
Just please no middle-of-the-table EPL managers. Please.
venisonfurs: Stevie Dirkvenisonfurs on May 19th, 2012 01:13 am (UTC)
I'm still haunted by (Comolli's?) (Kenny's?) addiction to mid-table English EPL talent. Yes, stats. I get that. But there is an instinctive understanding of cohesion that is necessary when building a team. All of this season's "failures" were the main-stay anchors of their previous teams, the undisputed successes. Yet no one seemed to take into account how their stellar statuses within their teams would affect the team dynamics when slapped together.
Such a rare talent- someone who can instinctively fit players together with personality, talent, strategy and budget in mind. Look at what Pardew did with NO MONEY! I totally blame Jose Enrique's dip in form to the horrible idea that Newcastle was finishing above Liverpool.
Laurenblackjedii on May 19th, 2012 12:47 am (UTC)
Jürgen Klopp, the double-winning coach of Borussia Dortmund, cannot be tempted from Germany



i... yeah...

If they thought he'd leave for any reason whatsoever...
Jenny Jenkinsjenny_jenkins on May 19th, 2012 12:19 pm (UTC)
I'm glad I'm not the only one who loled when he was linked.

Champion of Germany, with a CL campaign ahead of him...yeah - he's a cert!
Liz: Football -- LFC -- YNWAgrrliz on May 19th, 2012 01:17 am (UTC)
Sharing this because they're my absolute favourite band and every Liverpool fan should know this song (hint: listen until the end).

This was one of my favourite Pink Floyd songs when I was a teenager and I remember wondering what the hell the people in the background were chanting, and then the first time I heard "You'll Never Walk Alone" about thirteen years later I was like "WAIT, WHAT? FEARLESS???"

Also, isn't Roger Waters an Arsenal fan? Which makes this an even weirder selection. And, fun times, I saw a picture a few weeks ago of a young Dave Gilmour where he looked alarmingly like Andy Carroll.

Edited at 2012-05-19 01:18 am (UTC)
untxiuntxi on May 19th, 2012 01:28 am (UTC)
Yes, he is, and an hardcore Arsenal fan. :) Idk, I guess they just really liked the chants, none of them is a Liverpool supporter.

While Andy is pretty handsome, he's got nothing on a young Dave if you ask me! ;)

(Jk, I can definitely see the likeness.)
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Rachelverses on May 19th, 2012 01:23 am (UTC)
Give him a locker room without John Terry and Frank Lampard, he'll work wonders.
untxiuntxi on May 19th, 2012 01:32 am (UTC)
Pretty much!
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Liz: Football -- LFC -- Stevie G -- adorablegrrliz on May 19th, 2012 01:54 am (UTC)
Also, Stevie deliberately trying to avoid Capello is exactly why we can't have him as manager. :)

untxiuntxi on May 19th, 2012 02:06 am (UTC)
Haha, I had never see that! Priceless! :)
(no subject) - secondstar on May 19th, 2012 01:18 pm (UTC) (Expand)
marqhoosmarqhoos on May 19th, 2012 01:57 am (UTC)
I've always felt that AVB was sacked too soon (I'm sure I'm not alone on that).

He's a good manager but will he fit in with the LFC squad? Better him than Rafa, I guess...
untxiuntxi on May 19th, 2012 02:06 am (UTC)
I agree with you, any manager needs at least a year imo, ideally 2 years to make any project start to work.

And OMG YOUR ICON!! <333
mhfromnhmhfromnh on May 19th, 2012 02:01 am (UTC)
I think my kitty sensed the Kopites singing. he came right over to my chair.
untxiuntxi on May 19th, 2012 02:02 am (UTC)
Awwwww! <3
(no subject) - mhfromnh on May 19th, 2012 02:11 am (UTC) (Expand)
bleeding_dry: steviebleeding_dry on May 19th, 2012 03:59 am (UTC)
Okay... Why is Capello on that list?? Please please don't. Otherwise, carry on.

About the interviews, while I do understand Rodgers' position, he sounds a bit silly when he says his feats should speak for themselves and he should just be offered the position. Owners usually hold talks with possible managers before making an offer - though many times those talks are secret and managers may believe they're the only ones being talked to.
amazon18amazon18 on May 19th, 2012 02:52 pm (UTC)
"Ring it up with the dong tea"
Davehowlin_wolf_66 on May 19th, 2012 03:59 pm (UTC)
Good on Rodgers, he's got principles.
the laundry on the hill: ♪ uraqtschmiss on May 19th, 2012 10:14 pm (UTC)
Brendan Rodgers and Roberto Martinez would both be brilliant choices, but they won't bring them on because the fans will throw a fit. Which is funny because Martinez did at Swansea and Wigan what Liverpool fans are dying for a manger to do now: introduced average players to a reasonably attractive attacking style (which was later built on successfully by Rodgers) while also keeping the squad harmonious and spending responsibly.

And this is from someone who loathes Wigan, but I can separate my distate for the club from its manager.
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