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Five La Liga clubs Brendan Rodgers may manage after new revelations

| 21.10.2014

Following Brendan Rodgers’ declaration in the Spanish press that he would like to one day manage in Spain, Coral football experts got thinking. Below we have suggested five clubs he could go to, from Liverpool, who are 5/2 to win a major trophy this season.

Already capably eloquent in Spanish, Northern Irishman boss Rodgers was quoted as saying he hoped to go to and manage in La Liga one day. “I hope one day to work in Spain,” he said, regarding his future. “I’ve studied Spanish, but I need to improve.

“I’ll probably improve when I work in the country one day. For most people, when they travel to a country their language becomes better.”

Former Watford, Reading and Swansea boss Rodgers has carved out a solid reputation in the British game, as one of the best young coaches around, and has shown the potential to go to the next level one day. So, where do we think he could be successful in Spain?

Always one of those clubs that are up there challenging for Europe in La Liga, outside of El Clasico couple Barcelona and Real Madrid, Rodgers could be the man to elevate them into the higher echelons. Sevilla are current holders of the Europa League, and joint-favourites at 14/1 to retain their title this season. Ever the aesthetic, Rodgers will also appreciate the beauty of Seville the city.

Many will remember that great Los Che team of little over a decade ago that excelled in Europe consistently. The two midfield stalwarts of David Albelda and Ruben Baraja, Argentina sweeper Roberto Ayala at centre back, creativity from Vicente Rodriguez and Pablo Aimar, a clinquant core of players, also then successfully managed by former (and subsequently) Reds manager Rafael Benitez.

Following years of selling stars and a season of transition last term, Valencia are back, with wealthy investor Peter Lim carrying financial clout. Should they want a household name with fresh new ideas and a burning ambition to succeed, they could do much worse than Rodgers, who Lim would also back the transfer market, with his ability to draw in star names.

Atletico Madrid
Current manager Diego Simeone probably will outgrow Atleti at some point, and no longer needs to prove himself as a star name, after winning La Liga for the first time in 18 years for the club, and getting them to the Champions League final.

Rodgers may be tempted if they promise him a substantial pot to invest in a squad that has sold striking stars like Radamel Falcao and Diego Costa in recent time. He may see it as an opportunity to displace one of the top two for a number of years, with Atletico 16/1 shots to retain their title this season.

The Yellow Submarine have resurfaced to reclaim their status as perennial European qualifiers from La Liga, following a boom and bust that followed current Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini’s move to Malaga.

Under the calm Chilean coach, Villarreal were once very well-respected opposition, boasting fearsome players like Diego Forlan and Juan Roman Riquelme. Currently evolving at El Madrigal, Rodgers has shown at Liverpool he can cope with the rebuilding process, and the pull would be their talented, young team that he could work wonders with.

Deportivo La Coruna
Once a European force to be reckoned with, especially at the turn of the millennium with a then-lethal strikeforce of Roy Makaay and Diego Tristan, the Galician club have since endured a spectacular fall from grace, getting stuck as a side bouncing between La Liga and Spain’s second-tier.

Deportivo are currently struggling in their second crack at La Liga in three seasons, though Rodgers may be sold on the fairy tale mission of trying to get them back to the blinding heights they once enjoyed. Even a Europa League place finish would command him a lot of respect and set him up for a job at either Barcelona or Real Madrid.

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Matt Haynes

A long-suffering Leeds fan, Matt studied Sports Journalism at university, and has a plethora of multi-industry experience. Having worked on behalf of multiple hedge funds and top-tier investment banks in executive search, he has also had a stint with the BBC and the Press Association. Outside of work, he pursues entrepreneurial activities and likes to keep fit.
Although he has interviewed current England manager Roy Hodgson as well as Rafa Benitez and a number of other names, he is honoured to have spent time in the company of Gordon Banks. Matt enjoys cultivating long-lasting professional and personal relationships, is solution orientated, and supports Coral’s sports content provision.