John W. Henry: Rodgers was the unanimous first choice for Liverpool job

The Northern Irishman will be the third manager since the American's Fenway Sports Group took over, but the owner believes that he can lead the club to Premier League titles
Liverpool owner John W. Henry announced on Friday the appointment of Brendan Rodgers as the club's new manager, citing him as "first choice" for the role.

The former Swansea boss was unveiled as the Anfield outfit's new head coach, and one half of the American ownership is convinced that the Northern Irishman will be able to lead the team to Premier League glory.

Rodgers will be the third coach since Henry and Tom Werner took charge of the club, and will replace Kenny Dalglish, who was sacked after losing 1-0 to the Swans on the last day of the season.

Henry said in a statement on the club's official website: "Fenway Sports Group is committed to building for the long-term. Brendan Rodgers' appointment today as manager of Liverpool Football Club is one of the most important steps we will take in building the kind of club on and off the pitch supporters can be excited about.

"Brendan's comprehensive football philosophy is perfectly aligned with those at the club and those soon to join the club. He was the first choice unanimously among them and he had no hesitation at all in embracing exactly what we want to try to build at Liverpool.

"We do not expect miracles overnight nor should anyone else. But we firmly believe that the direction the club is heading in will lead to Premier League championships. We will embrace the unconventional, build the right way and together set a bold, exciting course for this historic club."

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