Born in 1973, in a seaside village of Carnlough in Northern Ireland, Brendan Rodgers was born to painter/decorator father, Malachy, married to a charity volunteer, Christina: he is the firstborn of five boys.
Raised a Catholic, Brendan attended All Saints Catholic Primary school and St. Patrick’s College: his mother died in 2010 at the age of 53 and was by the father’s side as he breathed his last in September 2011 after battle with cancer.
Rodgers never played football professionally for his country; he however represented North Ireland at school levels, playing against Brazil in 1988. He quit professional football at the age of 20 due to a genetic knee condition.
In followed his managerial career, beginning with a youth coaching position at Reading before he was spotted by Jose Mourinho who invited him over to handle the club’s academy: he remained there in that position until the days of Avram Grant and Luiz Felipe Scolari.
Now 42, he left Chelsea for Watford to kick start his head managerial duties at the Championship side, the next year he rejoined Reading in June 2009 fter helping Watford avoid relegation.
Amidst talks for him to join Manchester City coaching crew headed by Manuel Pellegrini, Rodgers accepted an offer to manage Swansea City in 2010, guarding them to the Premiership.
He was spotted by Liverpool and on June 1 2012, he was signed to a three-year contract.
Rodgers has been instrumental to Liverpool’s rise since he joined them, getting them back to the Champions League after long years of absence and a second place finish last season.
He however, came under fire following Liverpool’s poor run in the start of the 2014/2015 season; most notable of all is the group stage at the UEFA Champions League.
He is married to Susan, and together they have a son Anton who plays for Ireland Youth team, and daughter, Mischa.