Rodgers watched on as his Hoops side were pitted against Mancini’s Zenit Saint Petersburg in today’s Europa League last-32 draw but things could’ve turned out very differently, as Rodgers explained earlier today.
After watching the draw, Rodgers recalled being in talks with Manchester City in 2009, when they were managed by Mancini, and revealed he came very close indeed to moving to the Etihad Stadium.
Speaking via the BBC, the Northern Irishman said: “I was in talks with Manchester City about maybe going back there as a first-team coach.
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“I was rejected as a manager at Reading and was in between jobs and I didn’t think I was going to get a manager’s job.
“I spoke to the club, all went well and I flew out to Milan to meet Roberto.
“We had a nice chat and it ended up that not long after that I got the job at Swansea as a manager.”
Of course, Mancini’s spell at City turned out pretty successful, even without Rodgers, as the Italian went on to win the Premier League title and FA Cup under his guidance, whilst Rodgers went on to win promotion with Swansea City.
The pair will meet again when Zenit and Mancini travel to Glasgow for the first-leg of the tie on February 15 – but just think how different Celtic’s history might’ve been had Rodgers ended up at City.
How do you think they’ll fare against the Russians over two-legs?