On this day: Swans appoint Rodgers

16th July 2018

Brendan Rodgers became the new manager of Swansea City on this day in 2010.

The former Reading boss succeeded Paulo Sousa after agreeing a 12-month rolling contract at the Liberty.

Rodgers made an immediate impact in SA1, with the Swans looking like promotion contenders throughout 2010-11.

A third-place finish during the regular season secured their spot in the play-offs, where Nottingham Forest were put to the sword 3-1 on aggregate in the semi-finals.

Rodgers then masterminded a 4-2 victory over Reading in the final at Wembley as the Swans gained promotion to the Premier League for the first time.

The Swans’ style of play earned many new fans on their return to the English top flight, as they finished comfortably in 11th place.

It was no surprise that Rodgers’ impressive work did not go unnoticed and he departed the club in June 2012 when he was named as Kenny Dalglish’s successor at Liverpool, whom he almost guided to the Premier League title two years later.