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News On Liverpool Football Club: Brendan Rodgers To Become Liverpool Manager

Brendan Rodgers New Liverpool FC Manager: Just a week ago, it looked as though Roberto Martinez was going to be the next manager for Liverpool FC. Instead, on Friday, the Reds are going to name the man that took over for Martinez at Swansea City, Brendan Rodgers as their next manager.

Liverpool is clearly looking to go in a younger direction after two seasons with Kenny Dalglish in command of the team. In that time, the Reds went in the wrong direction quite a bit, bottoming out with an eighth place finish this year on the 2012 Premier League table. Needless to say, the 52 points that the 2011-12 Liverpool FC team managed, along with just the 14 total wins isn’t going to cut it, and that’s why the change was made by the Fenway Sports Group, the owners of Liverpool.

The questions as to who the next manager would be of the Reds was a hot button topic of conversation for those looking for Liverpool breaking news. Of course, the big time names such as Fabio Capello and the likes were dabbled around, but in the end, it was clear that Liverpool really wanted to go after one of the younger managers that had recent success at the EPL level. That was when Roberto Martinez had his name come up for the job, but it became clear that he had some issues with the fact that he was not going to be given total control of all of the team’s affairs, most notably with the matters on the transfer market.

Ironically, the link between Rodgers and Martinez is a deep one. The two had nothing to do with one another until 2010 when Rodgers took over for Swansea City. It was Rodgers that was really the struggled manager at the moment, as he had basically been booted out of Reading after a very unsuccessful run in the Championship just over five months after taking over the team. However, Rodgers was immediately targeted by Swansea to replace Martinez, who had left the squad for Wigan Athletic in the EPL. At the time, the Swans were still in Championship themselves, and that only came after Martinez led them to promotion from League One.

Swansea City was promoted last year, and the club immediately found success. As the first Welsh team to ever play in the Premier League, matters were supposed to be tough this year for the Swans, but a stout brand of defensive soccer saw the team allow just 51 goals, the same number as fifth place Newcastle United on the season. It was the first Premier League job for Rodgers, and he ironically finished with Swansea City in 11th position on the table, four spots higher than Wigan, where Martinez remains.

The task here for Rodgers is a massive one, though. He is just 39 years old, and he is set to take on the job at Anfield, where the Reds have not won the Premier League since 1990 in spite of the fact that they have come close a number of times. The first order of business might be making this team a tad younger. There has been quite a lot of aging on this team since the Champions League title, and it is time that there is some young help being brought to the table to help out the team’s captain, Steven Gerrard.

One thing is for sure about Rodgers, and that is that his leash is going to be quite short. Just this past year, Andre Villas Boas didn’t last a full season with Chelsea, and that team went on to win the Champions League this year. Dalglish was an icon for Liverpool in the past, but his failures saw him get sacked as well. Now, with Martinez looking over his shoulder in the EPL and surely on the rise as well, Rodgers is set to do what he can to try to get Liverpool back on top.

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Liverpool FC Latest News: Roberto Martinez Could Become Reds Manager

Breaking Premier League News: New Liverpool Manager Could Be Roberto Martinez: Liverpool FC fans have been marred by the Kenny Dalglish era of late. However, the Reds might soon have something to smile about. Roberto Martinez, one of the hottest managers in the Premier League, could be set to take over in what amounts to be the most up to date and latest Liverpool FC news out of Anfield.

It has been a frustrating few years for the Reds to say the least. They finished in 8th place on the 2011-12 Premier League table, and with just 52 points, they were actually closer to relegation than they were winning the 2012 English Premiership Championship. With just 14 wins in the EPL season, there was really not all that much doubt that Dalglish was going to be booted out of Anfield, especially after a similar sixth place finish the year before. This next season will be the second straight in which Liverpool will not be partaking in any of the European competitions.

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Since the end of the 2012 Premier League season, there has been a lot of question as to who is going to be taking over as the skipper in Anfield. Names like Fabio Capello and Louis van Gaal have been bounced around as potential bosses for the club, but these big names would figure to want to have control of all of the team affairs. Instead, it seems as though Liverpool is going to be going to more of a direct route, as the manager of the team will do just that: Manage. There doesn’t seem to be all that much wiggle room in terms of money to be spent on Liverpool transfers, and that isn’t normal, especially for the biggest clubs in Europe.

Enter: Roberto Martinez. At just 38 years old, Martinez definitely is one of the younger managers in the EPL, and he is the type of man that, if he can lock on to a job and prove to be successful, could be around for two decades. Martinez spent the majority of his playing career with Swansea City and Wigan Athletic, the two teams that he managed as well.

In his first managerial stint with the Swans, Martinez was able to bring his side up to the Championship from League One by winning the league. He was largely linked to a number of different teams at the Championship level, but he always wanted to stick with Swansea. That changed when Wigan came calling in its first stint in the Premier League. Martinez jumped to his other team and has kept the squad up in the EPL ever since that point, something that was largely looked upon as impossible task.

The Latics are now considered regulars in the Premier League, though that could change now that Martinez is gone. That being said though, when Martinez left Swansea, the Swans were still an up and coming team. Not only did they earn promotion to the Premier League in the 2010-11 season, but they also finished in 11th place on the Premiership table this year, ahead of Wigan.

A Martinez move is expected sooner than later anyway. He has been linked to a move to Villa Park to join Aston Villa for the last two years, though at least as of this point, he has not succumbed to that move. However, the allure of the big time job with the Reds, one that could come with a huge raise, might be too much to pass up.

For Liverpool though, this is a bit of a gamble. Normally, teams at the top of the ladder in the Premier League another European leagues want to invest in managers that have proven track records with winning teams. This though, would be the second straight very suspect managerial hire. Dalglish had been out of major coaching for over a decade before making his return to Anfield, and he proved to be a disappointment. Now, hiring Martinez would be on the other end of the spectrum, though it would bring a fresh, new young look to the Reds.

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2012-13 Chelsea FC Roster: Drogba, Kalou, Bosingwa Out, Fernando Torres To Stay

Chelsea FC News: Didier Drogba Among Three Leaving Stamford Bridge, Fernando Torres Staying: The 2011-12 Champions League winners from Chelsea know that they are going to have themselves a heck of a fight this coming year in the Premier League. Manchester City is going to be eager to defend its crown, and Manchester United clearly won’t be sitting still after falling just one result shy of yet another title, losing out instead to its “noisy neighbors.” The Blues started to shape their 2012-13 Chelsea roster right after the end of the Champions League season though, as Didier Drogba is leaving, while Fernando Torres is apparently staying.

Earlier in the week, there was worry that Torres would be asking for a Chelsea transfer, potentially to another Premier League rival. The Spaniard was notably upset over a lack of playing time, and that was most apparent in the Champions League Final in Munich when he was not put in the Starting XI. That being said, Torres has taken a bit of a turn in his ways, announcing that he will be staying with the club and will be trying to do more for the team going forward.

Perhaps the news of Torres happily staying at Stamford Bridge could stem from the fact that Drogba is leaving. Drogba is clearly one of the best players that Chelsea has ever had. He had been with the team for the last eight seasons, and he has been one of the emotional leaders and top scorers for a team that has had one of its best runs ever in the Premier League. The brutal truth of the matter is that it was time for the 34-year old to move on to different things in his career.

Drogba definitely went out on a high, though. The striker was the man that netted the goal that saved Chelsea’s Champions League title bid in Munich, a goal that was celebrated with Torres immediately. After scoring 157 goals and logging a Champions League crown and three Premier League titles, Drogba is ready to leave the Blues and English soccer altogether.

So what’s next for Drogba? It is almost certainly going to be a radical move, to say the least. Shanghai Shenhua understandably has interest in the striker from the Ivory Coast. One of Drogba’s best friends and former teammates, Nicolas Anelka is already with that club. Drogba could also be on the move to the MLS, where a number of veterans like Roy Keane, Thierry Henry, and David Beckham have gone in recent years.

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The 2013 Chelsea FC roster definitely wasn’t done being formed there. The team is going to have plenty of money to go out and spend, especially now that it is cutting ties with Salomon Kalou and Jose Bosingwa. Unlike the situation with Drogba, both Kalou and Bosingwa know that they have a large portion of their careers in front of them. Both players were key cogs in the Starting XI for Chelsea in Munich, and both had their roles this year. Kalou only played in 12 games, while Bosingwa had 27 appearances. Both are going to be highly sought after for sure, not only in England, but in the rest of European soccer as well.

The 2012 Chelsea FC transfer rumors are already heating up. Eden Hazard, one of the top young strikers in the world is already being linked to the top Premier League teams with money to spend, and Hulk, from FC Porto, could be joining him at Stamford Bridge if the price is right in the transfer season as well.

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Chelsea FC News: Chelsea’s Fernando Torres Might Leave Blues

Chelsea FC Breaking News: Fernando Torres Could Quit Team: Normally speaking, when a player wins the biggest prize in European club soccer, the Champions League, he is one of the happiest campers in the world. Instead, Fernando Torres is incredibly upset at the way that he has been handled this year by the Blues, and he reportedly wants to leave Stamford Bridge.

This has already been as hectic of a year as could be for Chelsea. The team hired the manager that was supposed to take it to the next level in the form of Andre Villas-Boas, but he was sacked about halfway through what was turning out to be a disappointing campaign. The Blues finished just sixth in the table, and they were largely out of contention for a spot in European soccer next year for the entire campaign.

The new skipper of the club, Roberto Di Matteo didn’t fare all that much better domestically, though at least Chelsea did finish just one point back of the Top 5 at the end of the 2012 Premier League season. However, where he really made the difference was in the Champions League, where anything can, and quite often does happen.

Chelsea literally did what was supposed to be the impossible this year. The team was able to knock of Barcelona in a home-and-home set just to get into the finale, and then, on German soil in a de facto road game, the Blues took care of Bayern Munich on their home pitch in penalties to claim the league title and to ensure that they will be in European competition once again next year.

Still, the turmoil sits. Di Matteo still doesn’t have a vote of confidence that he is going to be back as the manager of the team next year, while Didier Drogba needs a new contract to stay at Stamford Bridge as well.

Torres was the ultimate surprised and the coup de grace in a tumultuous season. The Spaniard was quoted as saying that it was a “big surprise” to be left out of the starting XI in Munich on Saturday, and it was the second time this year that he was kept out of a finale, being left unused in the FA Cup Final against Liverpool as well. Torres did come on in the Champions League Final for the last seven minutes of regulation and extra time. He was not selected for any of the penalty kicks.

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The truth of the matter is that Torres was brought to Chelsea to be the club’s top striker. Instead, he often found himself on the bench, and he only ended up logging a total of six goals for the campaign. Torres started in 20 games and came on as a sub in a dozen others. It was the worst scoring output of the career of the Spaniard, even worse than the nine goals that he scored for an offensive-crowded Liverpool team in his final year at Anfield.

The next question is what the Blues could possibly do with their man that they just sunk 50 million Euros into last year. Surely, if Torres comes up on the market, the two massive Spanish sides, Barcelona and Real Madrid would love to get involved in the bidding, but the problem is that Torres isn’t guaranteed a starting spot on a regular basis on either of those squads. Instead, a Torres transfer might have to come to a team like a PSG, that has been willing to spend money but hasn’t quite gotten the right group of strikers together yet. Other candidates in England could include Arsenal and Tottenham, though we think that a transfer to one of the middling teams might be more suitable for Torres.

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Premier League News: Steve Bruce Sacked, Martin O’Neill In For Sunderland

There has been a lot of hype surrounding the status of Andre Villas-Boas with Chelsea FC over the course of the last few weeks, but contrary to popular belief, the Premier League news broke on Thursday that the first manager of the season, Sunderland’s Steve Bruce, has been sacked.

Bruce was with the Black Cats starting in 2009. He inherited a team that just barely survived the drop into Coca-Cola Championship the year before, and he turned it into a middle of the table team. The squad finished in 13th place in 2009-10, his first season on the job, and more importantly, avoiding relegation wasn’t even a concern late on in the season. The team nearly finished closer to the European competition zone than the relegation zone.

In 2010-11, things got even better, as the Black Cats finished with 47 points and ended up in the top half of the table in 10th position. Once again, there was a serious threat for awhile about this team being in European competition, and relegation wasn’t even in the thoughts of their supporters.

This year though, things haven’t gone so well for Sunderland. The team only has two triumphs to show for its work in 13 matches, and though it is level in goal differential for the year, the 11 points in 13 matches is only just barely good enough to stay above the relegation zone for the time being.

Losing out on Asamoah Gyan has proven to be a big problem for Sunderland this year, as he was the heart and soul of the team’s offense. That being said, there was a slew of money that was put into the team like Wes Brown, Craig Gardner, and perhaps the most important piece of the puzzle for a young team, veteran John O’Shea. However, things just never worked out for the new players, and Sunderland’s management had no choice but to make a change.

Martin O’Neill is schedule to take over at the Stadium of Light as soon as this weekend. O’Neill used to manage both Leicester City and Aston Villa in the EPL, and he is going to bring that experience to his hometown team. First up this weekend is a clash with Wolverhampton, a team which sits level with the Black Cats on the Premier League table in terms of points with 11. If there is a loser of this game, that team will be in a heck of a lot of trouble in the relegation zone, especially if Wigan continues its form and can get out of the bottom of the table.

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