One of the favourites amongst Aston Villa supporters for the Villa manager’s job has been Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers, but he ruled himself out of contention in a post-match interview, after his team’s 6-0 win over St Johnstone.
“I’m the Celtic manager and I love it and have lots of challenges here,” Rodgers told BBC Scotland. “There is always speculation.”
Before wishing Villa well in diplomatic style.
“Villa is a top Premier League club in the Championship and I’m sure with their support base and resources they will try and get back there as quickly as they can.”
The BBC reported that Rodgers was on an alleged three-man shortlist for the job, that also includes both Thierry Henry and Rui Faria, Jose Mourinho’s long-time assistant across several clubs.
Rodgers had held favour with a section of Villa’s supporters judging by comments on MOMS social media.
Personally, I thought Rodgers would have retired from management after a Tim Sherwood managed Villa team beat his Liverpool team in the semi-final of the FA Cup in 2015.
Joking aside, his appeal to some was obvious. Rodgers took Swansea City to the Premier League via the play-offs and obviously had big club Premier League experience with Liverpool.
It’s hard to quantify his on-going success at Celtic, as it’s often believed any half-decent manager would win most things there. A case in point being Rodgers winning a domestic treble in his first season there.
Judging by his statement though, it seems that Rodgers still is motivated by improving Celtic’s fortunes in European competitions.