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Brendan Rodgers
Personal information
Date of birth 26 January 1973 (1973-01-26) (age 37)
Place of birth Carnlough, Northern Ireland
Youth career
Ballymena United
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
Ballymena United ? (?)
Reading 0 (0)
Teams managed
2008–2009 Watford
2009 Reading
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only. † Appearances (Goals).

Brendan Rodgers (born 26 January 1973) is a Northern Irish former footballer, who was most recently manager of Reading.

After retiring as a footballer at the age of 20, Rodgers stayed at Reading and was appointed as youth team coach. He joined Chelsea, under the leadership of José Mourinho, as youth team manager in 2004, before being promoted to reserve team manager in 2006. In November 2008, he was appointed as Watford manager. After the resignation of Steve Coppell at Reading, he was favourite to take this vacancy, and he was appointed in June 2009, before leaving the club by mutual consent in December 2009.


Personal life

Rodgers was born in Carnlough and was educated in Ballymena.[1] He is married to Susan, and they have two children - one daughter and one son.[1] Their son Anton, who was born on his father's birthday in 1993,[2] used to play for Reading academy but moved in 2004 to the Chelsea academy where he recently signed scholarship forms in summer 2009. He plays for the U17 Republic of Ireland national football team. Brendan also has a daughter Mischa-Louise.[1][2] Rodgers speaks Spanish and is learning Italian.[2]

Playing career

As a player, Rodgers played in Northern Ireland for Ballymena United.[3] He also played in England for Reading, although he retired due to injury at the age of 20, without making a league appearance.[1][4]

Coaching and managerial career



After retiring as a player, Rodgers became Academy manager of the Reading youth team in 1995.[1]


He moved to Chelsea in September 2004 to become youth team manager after being approached by José Mourinho,[5] and was appointed manager of the reserve team in July 2006.[6][7]


On 24 November 2008, Rodgers was appointed as manager of Watford in the Championship, his first top-level managerial position.[8] He had previously been linked with the vacant managerial position at Leicester City in August 2007.[9]


After Steve Coppell resigned as Reading manager, Rodgers became the favourite to take the vacancy.[10] He later distanced himself from leaving Watford, stating his "concentration is fully on Watford".[11] Despite earlier claiming loyalty, and that people claiming he would leave were "questioning his integrity", Rodgers chose to leave Watford and agreed to become manager of Reading, being appointed on 5 June 2009,[12] after a compensation package of an initial £500,000 had been agreed, which could rise to £1 million.[13] The Watford Supporters Trust has stated that Rodgers' reputation was "severely damaged" in the eyes of the supporters.[14] However, the Trust did "thank Brendan for his efforts last season and wish him well for the future."[14] On 11 August 2009, Rodgers got his first win as Reading manager after a 5–1 win over League Two team Burton Albion in the League Cup first round. After a disappointing string of results, Rodgers left Reading by mutual consent on 16 December.[15]



As of 16 December 2009.[16][17]
Team Nation From To Matches Won Drawn Lost Win %
Watford  England 24 November 2008 5 June 2009 &0000000000000031.00000031 &0000000000000013.00000013 &0000000000000006.0000006 &0000000000000012.00000012 &0000000000000041.94000041.94
Reading  England 5 June 2009 16 December 2009 &0000000000000023.00000023 &0000000000000006.0000006 &0000000000000006.0000006 &0000000000000011.00000011 &0000000000000026.09000026.09


  1. ^ a b c d e "First Team Manager: Brendan Rodgers". Watford F.C. 27 November 2008.,,10400~1464601,00.html. Retrieved 30 November 2008. 
  2. ^ a b c "Watford manager Brendan Rodgers: the man with a direct line to Jose Mourinho". London: The Times. 26 January 2009. Retrieved 26 January 2009. 
  3. ^ "Chelsea ready for Milk Cup debut". BBC Sport. 12 May 2005. Retrieved 23 November 2008. 
  4. ^ "Reading : 1946/47 - 2007/08". Post War English & Scottish Football League A - Z Player's Database. Retrieved 23 November 2008. 
  5. ^ "Rodgers moves to Chelsea". BBC Sport. 10 September 2004. Retrieved 23 November 2008. 
  6. ^ "Rodgers gets Chelsea reserves job". BBC Sport. 17 July 2006. Retrieved 23 November 2008. 
  7. ^ Stuart Mawhinney (16 July 2007). "Buck Rodgers". The Football Association. Retrieved 23 November 2008. 
  8. ^ "Rodgers named new Watford manager". BBC Sport. 24 November 2008. Retrieved 24 November 2008. 
  9. ^ Fullerton, Darren (29 August 2007). "Rodgers in, Allen out at Leicester". The Mirror. Retrieved 23 November 2008. 
  10. ^ "'If money talks Watford's Brendan Rodgers going to Reading is a done deal'". Watford Obsersver. 2009-05-13. Retrieved 2009-12-29. 
  11. ^ Smith, Frank (2009-05-14). "Brendan Rodgers: 'Reading? I'm concentrating fully on Watford job'". Watford Obsersver. Retrieved 2009-12-29. 
  12. ^ "Rodgers confirmed as Reading boss". BBC Sport. 5 June 2009. Retrieved 5 June 2009. 
  13. ^ "Club disappointed as Rodgers departs". Watford F.C. 2009-06-04.,,10400~1685684,00.html. Retrieved 2009-12-29. 
  14. ^ a b Matthews, Anthony (2009-06-04). "Watford supporters' organisation hoping for quick appointment". Watford Obsersver. Retrieved 2009-12-29. 
  15. ^ "Brendan Rodgers's managerial career". Soccerbase. Retrieved 2009-01-05. 
  16. ^ "Bristol City vs Watford". Watford F.C..,,10400~44645,00.html. Retrieved 2009-12-29. 

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