'A close shave,' summarised Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers, as quoted by The Guardian, when discussing how, in an alternative universe, he could have ended up managing affairs at Tottenham Hotspur as he was one of those allegedly in line to succeed Harry Redknapp due to his commendable body of work at Swansea City.
Rodgers, though, ended up joining the Anfield project and, on current form, it looks a perfect marriage for all parties. The Northern Irishman has shown tactical flexibility, has retained the services of the club's greatest asset despite advances from other clubs and handles the press extremely well.
He is, very much, at Liverpool with a view of creating a long-term product, or building a team, creating something substantial, rather than a quick fix. And it may be because of this why he is glad he did not end up at White Hart Lane as, in the last two decades, there have been 11 managers in charge at Spurs while, going back 11 managers at Anfield, you end up in 1959, to the reign of Bill Shankly.
'They are a great club and one of the things I looked at was the history. They’d had 11 managers in 18 years there so for someone like myself, I needed to create something; I needed to go to a club that was going to give us that opportunity.
'It’s difficult... they have had a good couple of years, they were up there under Harry Redknapp. Obviously there have been difficulties from Bale leaving. There are many good players but very few who perform week in week out to that level.
'I am more than happy with the choice I made to come here and hopefully in time it will prove to be the right one.'
It really begs the question as to whether Tottenham would benefit from extending the faith in a man they originally employed to do the job. Managerial stability has it's benefits, Rodgers will likely get that with Liverpool, Sir Alex Ferguson had it at Manchester United, David Moyes enjoyed it with Everton and Arsene Wenger has long had it at Arsenal. Should Spurs now build for the future?
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