Former Liverpool midfielder Steve McManaman has been quoted by the London Evening Standard suggesting why the club haven’t sacked manager Brendan Rodgers.
Rodgers has seen two of his close coaches depart Anfield in Mike Marsh and Colin Pascoe, but McManaman has offered up a reason as to why the club’s board and owners have stood by their manager.
“When you finish second and nearly win the league, you can't just get rid of people on a whim. It just sets your club back and you have to start all over again. I don't believe in it,” he said.
“I don't believe in this hiring and firing of managers at clubs.”
There’s no doubt that last season is a disappointment for the Reds because they went from second to sixth, the Champions League to playing Europa League football on a Thursday night all over different parts of Europe.
However, Rodgers does have a vision, he’s trying to build something and he’s already made big statements in the transfer market with moves for James Milner and Danny Ings.
That duo represent players who can help the club to move forward next season, hopefully closing the gap on the top four clubs in the Premier League, which has started to develop.
Sacking him would have wiped the slate clean and would have reset Liverpool to the point where a new manager could have come in, with different ideas over the squad, with time needed to make changes and develop a new philosophy.
Although Rodgers’s backroom team is about to change, it’s important he’s been kept in place to provide some continuity, but he’s going to be under immense pressure heading into the next campaign.