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Swansea Chairman Confirms His Biggest Regret is not Re-Hiring Brendan Rodgers

Swansea Chairman Confirms His Biggest Regret is not Re-Hiring Brendan Rodgers

Swansea chairman Huw Jenkins passed up on the chance to bring Brendan Rodgers back to the Liberty Stadium in 2016… and he really regrets it.

Rodgers spent two years in South Wales and lead the club to the Premier League with a play-off victory over Reading, before he was later snapped up by Liverpool.

However, the Irishman struggled for consistency at Anfield and was eventually sacked in 2015.

Rodgers’ apparent failure on Merseyside meant he was willing to return to Swansea in 2016, however Jenkins decided to extend Francesco Guidolin’s contract instead.

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The Italian was sacked four months later, with the Swans winless since the opening day of that season.

Meanwhile Rodgers, fresh from being sacked by Liverpool, jumped at the chance take over from Ronny Deila at Celtic.

And he lead the club to both the domestic treble and an unprecedented unbeaten season during his first campaign at Parkhead.

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Swansea have been on the decline ever since.

The club are now on their third full-time manager since Guidolin’s departure, as Carlos Cavalhal became the latest to take over this week; with the club rooted to the bottom of the Premier League.

And Jenkins openly admits he regrets not bringing Rodgers back when he had the chance.

“My biggest regret is not getting Brendan back here at any cost. I’m not going to hide from that,” Jenkins told the Guardian.

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He added, “And I told [Brendan] as well a few times.

“That would have been the biggest thing that we, or I, should have done differently, and that is make sure that at all costs he came back.”

Needless to say, with Celtic having already lifted the League Cup, sitting comfortable atop the Scottish Premiership and with Europa League football to come in the new year… we don’t think the feeling is mutual!

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