'No contact at all' from Reading for Brendan Rodgers

This Is Local London: Brendan Rodgers says he remains loyal to Watford Brendan Rodgers says he remains loyal to Watford

Brendan Rodgers says he remains loyal to Watford and claims those who continue to ask whether he will become the next Reading manager are questioning his integrity.

Rodgers remains favourite to take over at his adopted home-town club following Steve Coppell’s resignation last week, but has not applied for the Royals post and Hornets chief executive Julian Winter has confirmed they have not received any approach from Reading.

It seemed as though Rodgers was set to leave Vicarage Road last week when bookmakers’ odds on him taking over at the Madejski Stadium were slashed from 16/1 to 1/3, but they have since levelled out and he is back at evens with Victor Chandler.

However, the Northern Irishman again stated he is only concentrating on Watford and feels uncomfortable talking about managerial positions at other clubs.

He said: “When I am asked about other clubs, people are questioning my integrity and one thing I have mentioned is I always have integrity.

“I am loyal and find it disloyal when I am asked about other clubs when I am the Watford manager. There is nothing that has changed in that respect.

“I have seen the papers and know I am favourite for the job but that will always happen in football and, in fact, my job was linked with someone else this year.

“I cannot let that speculation hamper my focus or objectives. It doesn’t concern me.

“What concerns me is that I am the manager here and that has been my focus right the way through.

“When I woke up this morning I was planning for Watford.”

Rodgers was always going to be linked with the Reading job as he has lived in the town since he signed for the club as a teenager and worked his way through the coaching ranks before becoming Academy director.

He still has a good relationship with chairman John Madejski and is friends with the man in charge of appointing the next Royals boss – director of football Nick Hammond.

More than 100 people have applied for the job and Reading have already started interviewing possible replacements.

Hammond has said there are currently no clear candidates but expects the list to be shortened quickly, although an announcement is not expected before the end of next week.

Winter says “there has been no contact at all” from Reading and last week chairman Jimmy Russo questioned why Rodgers would want to make the “sideways” move.

It has been an eventful six months for Rodgers since he took over from Aidy Boothroyd, with the two men who brought him to Vicarage Road – chairman Graham Simpson and chief executive Mark Ashton – both leaving within two weeks of his appointment.

Despite numerous changes off the field, the 36-year-old guided the Hornets to a 13th-place finish in the Championship.

But next season is sure to be another tough campaign as the new board continue to restructure the club’s finances due to the loss of the Premier League parachute payments.

Rodgers is keen to be in the top half of the table next season and eventually guide the club into the Premier League but knows it is going to be a tough ask in the coming years.

He said: “Of course I am very ambitious and I said when I came into the club that my long-term objective is to work at Champions League level so I have made no bones about that.

“But I have really enjoyed my six months at Watford and a lot of hard work has been done to stabalise the club.

“There is a lot of work to do in the future because the next number of years will be very difficult financially.

“The idea is to stabalize the club but in the course of the next three or four years, the brutal honesty is there is not a lot of money to spend on players if we do not get a major investor.

“Jimmy and Vince Russo have been doing a great job, as are other people at the club, but there isn’t a lot of money.

“However it is a fantastic club and I have really enjoyed and continue to enjoy my time at this club.”

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9:07am Fri 22 May 09

enlightened one says...

How long is it going to be before people let this go,he ain't leaving end of.
How long is it going to be before people let this go,he ain't leaving end of. enlightened one

9:08am Fri 22 May 09

Bendean says...

Sound like he's off to Reading then.
Sound like he's off to Reading then. Bendean

9:38am Fri 22 May 09

pstannard4 says...

Quite right enlightened one. This is getting boring and ridculous.

This was the kind of thing that unsettled us last time watford fc was in the news so much (i.e Al Bangura idioctic deportation saga that Boothroyd got involved and lost motivation with the team)

The press and betting shops should get a life.
Quite right enlightened one. This is getting boring and ridculous. This was the kind of thing that unsettled us last time watford fc was in the news so much (i.e Al Bangura idioctic deportation saga that Boothroyd got involved and lost motivation with the team) The press and betting shops should get a life. pstannard4

10:17am Fri 22 May 09

JimBob1 says...

There's no smoke without fire and this issue won't go away until the day Reading appoint a new boss or Madjeski comes out and unequivocally says he's not interested in Rodgers. Everything else is just background noise.
There's no smoke without fire and this issue won't go away until the day Reading appoint a new boss or Madjeski comes out and unequivocally says he's not interested in Rodgers. Everything else is just background noise. JimBob1

10:46am Fri 22 May 09

hogweed says...

Not bothered if he stays or goes. We have no money so if God managed the club it would'nt make much difference. Mid table is all we will get next season.
Not bothered if he stays or goes. We have no money so if God managed the club it would'nt make much difference. Mid table is all we will get next season. hogweed

11:05am Fri 22 May 09

worthing_hornet says...

But as he says in his article. He is not interested in the job, and is annoyed at basically being told he isn't telling the truth on the matter. Of course Madeski isn't going to come out and say he isn't interested in BR. Why should he? all this speculation is doing more to undermine BR in the fans eyes, than anything else he might say. So he is doing his job as chairman perfectly. If BR does leave then we will know him to be dishonest and we wont be sad to have seen him go. But let's not assume that he isn't telling the truth when he says he is. Otherwise we might as well get rid of him now. This amount of distrust is what did for the old board and manager. either we trust the Russos, Taylor and BR or we might as well go and support another club.
But as he says in his article. He is not interested in the job, and is annoyed at basically being told he isn't telling the truth on the matter. Of course Madeski isn't going to come out and say he isn't interested in BR. Why should he? all this speculation is doing more to undermine BR in the fans eyes, than anything else he might say. So he is doing his job as chairman perfectly. If BR does leave then we will know him to be dishonest and we wont be sad to have seen him go. But let's not assume that he isn't telling the truth when he says he is. Otherwise we might as well get rid of him now. This amount of distrust is what did for the old board and manager. either we trust the Russos, Taylor and BR or we might as well go and support another club. worthing_hornet

11:54am Fri 22 May 09

Ramage says...

Read his quotes very carefully...it's all very delberately worded. He hasn't said "I'm not going to leave Watford and be Reading's new manager" and until he does I think it's a real possibility he'll be off...
Read his quotes very carefully...it's all very delberately worded. He hasn't said "I'm not going to leave Watford and be Reading's new manager" and until he does I think it's a real possibility he'll be off... Ramage

12:11pm Fri 22 May 09

nick middlesex says...

Couldn't agree more, read the quotes as it is deliberately worded and confirms nothing other than irritation about being asked about the Reading job. He won't publicly apply but the mobile is by his side and if it rings we can all say goodbye to Brendon.
Couldn't agree more, read the quotes as it is deliberately worded and confirms nothing other than irritation about being asked about the Reading job. He won't publicly apply but the mobile is by his side and if it rings we can all say goodbye to Brendon. nick middlesex

2:52pm Fri 22 May 09

spidey says...

I think what he is saying is...
that he has no intention of joining Reading whilst the board at Watford want him, he has signed a contract and made an agreement with the club and that is that ...
However if the club are aproached by Reading and offer a severence package for him and our board accept it and let him talk to Reading there will be a good chance he will leave.
I dont think the Russos want him to go so it would have to be a fairly substantial offer for them to consider it ...
As we have seen before nothing is impossible in football but I think he realises he will have a bit more time at Watford to learn his trade as Reading are bound to want automatic promotion next year, plus who would want to follow in Coppells footsteps while probably trying to deal with the loss of Steven Hunt and kevin Doyle?, its going to be a tough job for the next manager at Reading ..
I think what he is saying is... that he has no intention of joining Reading whilst the board at Watford want him, he has signed a contract and made an agreement with the club and that is that ... However if the club are aproached by Reading and offer a severence package for him and our board accept it and let him talk to Reading there will be a good chance he will leave. I dont think the Russos want him to go so it would have to be a fairly substantial offer for them to consider it ... As we have seen before nothing is impossible in football but I think he realises he will have a bit more time at Watford to learn his trade as Reading are bound to want automatic promotion next year, plus who would want to follow in Coppells footsteps while probably trying to deal with the loss of Steven Hunt and kevin Doyle?, its going to be a tough job for the next manager at Reading .. spidey

5:07pm Fri 22 May 09

WFC4ever says...

My worry would be that if Rodgers went so would a number of players like Smith and as reported in the Watford Observer today McAnuff although they might leave anyway to raise funds.

I hope the reports this morning in a national newpapers of us heading into administration if Lord Ashcroft leaves are not true!

My worry would be that if Rodgers went so would a number of players like Smith and as reported in the Watford Observer today McAnuff although they might leave anyway to raise funds. I hope the reports this morning in a national newpapers of us heading into administration if Lord Ashcroft leaves are not true! WFC4ever

5:11pm Fri 22 May 09

WFC4ever says...

worthing_hornet wrote:
But as he says in his article. He is not interested in the job, and is annoyed at basically being told he isn't telling the truth on the matter. Of course Madeski isn't going to come out and say he isn't interested in BR. Why should he? all this speculation is doing more to undermine BR in the fans eyes, than anything else he might say. So he is doing his job as chairman perfectly. If BR does leave then we will know him to be dishonest and we wont be sad to have seen him go. But let's not assume that he isn't telling the truth when he says he is. Otherwise we might as well get rid of him now. This amount of distrust is what did for the old board and manager. either we trust the Russos, Taylor and BR or we might as well go and support another club.
Good point...I'd rather if Rodgers really is going to Reading we'd just got on with it and moved forwards to search for our new manager but by the sounds of things despite the rumours no deal has been done and Reading are still considering their options.

You would like to think the Russos and co would have learnt about what led to the downfall of the previous board and manager and be honest with the fans.


[quote][p][bold]worthing_hornet[/bold] wrote: But as he says in his article. He is not interested in the job, and is annoyed at basically being told he isn't telling the truth on the matter. Of course Madeski isn't going to come out and say he isn't interested in BR. Why should he? all this speculation is doing more to undermine BR in the fans eyes, than anything else he might say. So he is doing his job as chairman perfectly. If BR does leave then we will know him to be dishonest and we wont be sad to have seen him go. But let's not assume that he isn't telling the truth when he says he is. Otherwise we might as well get rid of him now. This amount of distrust is what did for the old board and manager. either we trust the Russos, Taylor and BR or we might as well go and support another club. [/p][/quote]Good point...I'd rather if Rodgers really is going to Reading we'd just got on with it and moved forwards to search for our new manager but by the sounds of things despite the rumours no deal has been done and Reading are still considering their options. You would like to think the Russos and co would have learnt about what led to the downfall of the previous board and manager and be honest with the fans. WFC4ever

5:49pm Fri 22 May 09

VoR says...

I'm not saying a word other than spidey is not far short.

Happy Bile?
I'm not saying a word other than spidey is not far short. Happy Bile? VoR

6:47pm Fri 22 May 09

a1derek says...

Understand the Good Lord (Ashcroft) has said he will not jump from the sinking ship. However, I also hear that the Board have told Tom he has to go to balance the books.

Probably Priskin too.

The reason BR is towing the party line is simply that there has been no contact from Reading while they sift the 100 or so applications they have had.

As had been alluded here, if Reading come knocking with the right comp package BR will go.

If he goes Tom will go with him! You heard it here first.

Wolves are also sniffing around Tom at the moment although have not made an official offer.

For the record, Tom would very much like to stay, fair play to him.
Understand the Good Lord (Ashcroft) has said he will not jump from the sinking ship. However, I also hear that the Board have told Tom he has to go to balance the books. Probably Priskin too. The reason BR is towing the party line is simply that there has been no contact from Reading while they sift the 100 or so applications they have had. As had been alluded here, if Reading come knocking with the right comp package BR will go. If he goes Tom will go with him! You heard it here first. Wolves are also sniffing around Tom at the moment although have not made an official offer. For the record, Tom would very much like to stay, fair play to him. a1derek

7:04pm Fri 22 May 09

Prof Plum says...

With money tight, I wonder how much longer we can go on paying Beardy Lampard a reputed 96k a year for 3 mornings' "work" - with Saturdays off to watch Beardy Jr play.

With money tight, I wonder how much longer we can go on paying Beardy Lampard a reputed 96k a year for 3 mornings' "work" - with Saturdays off to watch Beardy Jr play. Prof Plum

10:07pm Fri 22 May 09

WFC4ever says...

a1derek wrote:
Understand the Good Lord (Ashcroft) has said he will not jump from the sinking ship. However, I also hear that the Board have told Tom he has to go to balance the books. Probably Priskin too. The reason BR is towing the party line is simply that there has been no contact from Reading while they sift the 100 or so applications they have had. As had been alluded here, if Reading come knocking with the right comp package BR will go. If he goes Tom will go with him! You heard it here first. Wolves are also sniffing around Tom at the moment although have not made an official offer. For the record, Tom would very much like to stay, fair play to him.
Smithy is one the player most likely to want to stay but sadly also our most saleable asset!

I think we do have some good young players who play decent football but then so did Southampton and look at what happened to them.

Hopefully can get rid of Ellington to ease things and TBH I'd sell McAnuff if he doesn't want to sign a new deal (I can understand why he wouldn't...)

Hope nobody is expected too much from next season...mid-table would do me but I don't think all his doubt about Rodgers helps very much ATM.

[quote][p][bold]a1derek[/bold] wrote: Understand the Good Lord (Ashcroft) has said he will not jump from the sinking ship. However, I also hear that the Board have told Tom he has to go to balance the books. Probably Priskin too. The reason BR is towing the party line is simply that there has been no contact from Reading while they sift the 100 or so applications they have had. As had been alluded here, if Reading come knocking with the right comp package BR will go. If he goes Tom will go with him! You heard it here first. Wolves are also sniffing around Tom at the moment although have not made an official offer. For the record, Tom would very much like to stay, fair play to him.[/p][/quote]Smithy is one the player most likely to want to stay but sadly also our most saleable asset! I think we do have some good young players who play decent football but then so did Southampton and look at what happened to them. Hopefully can get rid of Ellington to ease things and TBH I'd sell McAnuff if he doesn't want to sign a new deal (I can understand why he wouldn't...) Hope nobody is expected too much from next season...mid-table would do me but I don't think all his doubt about Rodgers helps very much ATM. WFC4ever

10:13pm Fri 22 May 09

Chris the Vic says...

I think Brendan has done a good job and if he keeps the progress going we will finish in top 10.

Equally given the situation the Royals are in I can see they will start to lose players...already Lita has been released, Kitson and Little wont be back a new goalie is required etc...Maybe BR thinks we have probs but Reading could be a poison chalice and I wont be surprised next year to see them below us in the championship.

When they got promoted they sold 7000 season tickets in the January of that year, this year they are coming up short ... the start of a slippery slope
I think Brendan has done a good job and if he keeps the progress going we will finish in top 10. Equally given the situation the Royals are in I can see they will start to lose players...already Lita has been released, Kitson and Little wont be back a new goalie is required etc...Maybe BR thinks we have probs but Reading could be a poison chalice and I wont be surprised next year to see them below us in the championship. When they got promoted they sold 7000 season tickets in the January of that year, this year they are coming up short ... the start of a slippery slope Chris the Vic

2:02pm Sat 23 May 09

enlightened one says...

VoR wrote:
I'm not saying a word other than spidey is not far short. Happy Bile?
Is that a promise VoR coz i for one won't miss your ridiculous musings or your fawning defence of the three stooges.Who even months after they have gone continue to reek havoc at our club through the ridiculous contracts they gave people.
[quote][p][bold]VoR[/bold] wrote: I'm not saying a word other than spidey is not far short. Happy Bile? [/p][/quote]Is that a promise VoR coz i for one won't miss your ridiculous musings or your fawning defence of the three stooges.Who even months after they have gone continue to reek havoc at our club through the ridiculous contracts they gave people. enlightened one

7:14pm Sat 23 May 09

VoR says...

Oh give it a rest light weight........
What do you want, everyone agreeing with your posts? that would be a little boring now wouldn't it.
TS - TP - JM our 3 most sellable assets, now let me think who got them...
do you wanna clue berk?
Oh give it a rest light weight........ What do you want, everyone agreeing with your posts? that would be a little boring now wouldn't it. TS - TP - JM our 3 most sellable assets, now let me think who got them... do you wanna clue berk? VoR

7:49pm Sat 23 May 09

enlightened one says...

Bit touchy aren't we ?
I think you'll find TP was pants for two years whilst playing under you know who as was JM was nearly loaned out to Charlton he was so ineffective, they've only begun to justify there large fees once BR took over(and actually played football).What say you,ya berk.
And no I don't want everyone to agree with me that would be extremely dull but all your nudge,nudge,wink,win
k stuff is just cack.
Bit touchy aren't we ? I think you'll find TP was pants for two years whilst playing under you know who as was JM was nearly loaned out to Charlton he was so ineffective, they've only begun to justify there large fees once BR took over(and actually played football).What say you,ya berk. And no I don't want everyone to agree with me that would be extremely dull but all your nudge,nudge,wink,win k stuff is just cack. enlightened one

9:18am Sun 24 May 09

VoR says...

Oh buggar !
Oh buggar ! VoR

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