Transfer Bin: Why Andre Villas-Boas won't be replacing Brendan Rodgers at Liverpool

The ex-Tottenham Hotspur coach has been touted as a shock replacement for the Reds boss in recent days.

According to reports, former Chelsea and Tottenham boss Andre Villas-Boas has been asked by FSG to provide details of his coaching methods as the leading candidate to replace Brendan Rodgers at Liverpool.

The possibility of such a move is certainly an interesting one - for obvious reasons. In terms of the sense it would make and the likelihood of it happening, however...

The first real issue to deal with amid such reports is the current job security of Rodgers at Liverpool. Yes, the Northern Irishman has been under immense pressure at Anfield this season, with a poor campaign so far leading to him at one stage being 4/1 with bookmakers for the sack.

That came before a run of four games unbeaten, however, and, while the poor performance levels of this Liverpool side maintain, FSG have been said to understand fully that Rodgers has had to cope with the sale of Luis Suarez and the injury absence of Daniel Sturridge - challenges any manager past and present would struggle with.

If the Liverpool owners were planning on getting rid of the 41-year-old, meanwhile, they would have done it by now. The 3-1 defeat to Crystal Palace was the Reds' low point and the defeat that anyone intent on sacking their employee would have called the last straw.

Barring another winless run, Rodgers looks as though he will continue at Anfield.

But Liverpool sacking the Northern Irishman is far from totally out of the question, of course. Replacing him with ex-Spurs coach Villas-Boas, though, most certainly is.

That brings us to the second real issue. It would make no sense whatsoever to replace Rodgers with AVB. In many ways, they are a like for like manager, except for the fact that Rodgers doesn't have a track record of falling out with players and can genuinely claim to have enjoyed successful seasons in English football.

If FSG have been watching the Premier League (even as infrequent, disinterested spectators) for the last few campaigns, they will have seen that Villas-Boas appointments - both at Chelsea and Tottenham - have ended up failing miserably not once but twice on these shores.

Rodgers' biggest flaws are a lust for attacking football that seems to prevent him from getting Liverpool to defend properly and a torrid history in the transfer market. On both counts, Villas-Boas would not be an improvement on the 41-year-old - and is, in many people's opinions, several steps behind Rodgers on those fronts.

And all of that is without even getting into the fact that the Portuguese coach would hardly be likely to give up his job at Zenit, where he has Champions League football, the Russian league title and a huge transfer kitty to keep on top of...

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