Arsenal legend runs rule over Liverpool’s decision to sack Brendan Rodgers
The former Arsenal striker is shocked by Liverpool's decision to sack Brendan Rodgers
Ian Wright says he is shocked by Liverpool’s decision to sack Brendan Rodgers.
The Reds announced that the Northern Irishman has left the Merseyside outfit on Sunday evening following a disappointing 1-1 draw with Everton in the Merseyside derby.
He had run out of time, it is unfortunate for him but I don’t think Liverpool owed him that time, they gave him a lot of money to spend
Liverpool have been linked with former Chelsea and Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti in recent weeks, whilst ex-Borussia Dortmund manager Jurgen Klopp is another name touted as a contender.
While Wright felt the 43-year-old had run out of time at Anfield, the former Arsenal striker admitted that he was still surprised by the decision.
“I am shocked,he was meant to be the new kid on the block. He was one of the British coaches but it has not worked out for him,” Wright told BBC Sport.
“Despite his ‘Luis Suarez’ season where they finished second, his signings and tactics haven’t worked. It went steadily down hill.
“He had run out of time, it is unfortunate for him but I don’t think Liverpool owed him that time, they gave him a lot of money to spend.
“The club are nowhere near where they want to be. A club of Liverpool’s size do not need to answer to anyone. They have acted swiftly and decisively, they had to, there are people out there who can come in.”
Rodgers was appointed as Kenny Dalglish’s successor at the Merseyside club in May 2012.
Liverpool have finished outside the top four in two of the Northern Irishman’s three full seasons in charge.
The former Swansea City boss did guide Liverpool to runners-up spot in the Premier League in 2014, which was the Reds’s joint-best finish in the Premier League era.