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Intelligent, fearless and commanding are the three words to come to mind when one watches 39-year old Brendan Rodgers move into the iconic seat at Anfield as the new Liverpool manager. He is certain to unruffle a few feathers, if the didn't, he wouldn't be who he is. But if first impressions are to be believed, chances are the fans are going to grow to like Rodgers, because he will return them to the glory days, one day.
There are few managers who would walk into a top club and openly declare war on the dreamers of years gone by. Liverpool still believe they are a top club, it is their heritage and not their present which dictates that belief. Rodgers was quick to tell the world what he felt, "It's been almost 20 years since they won the title - being realistic, we might not be ready now, but the process begins today."
Rodgers made it very clear that he was looking at this as his career defining assignment, "This is a long-term job...I promise to dedicate my life to fight for this club and defend the great principles of Liverpool Football Club on and off the field."
When quizzed about his age, the new Liverpool manager pointed out that his predecessor had succeeded in the role when just 34 and declared that he felt he had enough experience to succeed.
After a two-week process which saw plenty of top managers opt out of the race on their own, the Fenway Sports Group believe they have found the right man for the job. Liverpool's owner John Henry declared, "Fenway Sports Group is committed to building for the long-term. Brendan Rodgers' appointment today as manager of Liverpool Football Club is one of the most important steps we will take in building the kind of club on and off the pitch supporters can be excited about.
Henry continued, "Brendan's comprehensive football philosophy is perfectly aligned with those at the club and those soon to join the club. He was the first choice unanimously among them and he had no hesitation at all in embracing exactly what we want to try to build at Liverpool.
"We do not expect miracles overnight nor should anyone else. But we firmly believe that the direction the club is heading in will lead to Premier League championships. We will embrace the unconventional, build the right way and together set a bold, exciting course for this historic club."
Chairman Tom Werner was excited with his new manager, "The style of football Brendan is associated with is exactly what we want to see at Anfield. Aggressive, attacking play."
Managing director Ian Ayre chimed in, "When you meet Brendan you can't help but be inspired by his knowledge, passion and vision for the game. The experience he has for such a young age shows we are getting someone at the very top of their profession. He and our owners both have a clear plan of how to bring success on the pitch and he will have the full support of everyone at Liverpool Football Club while he strives to achieve that."