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Friday 9 December 2016

Arsene Wenger: 'Brendan Rodgers is a quality manager and he'll be back soon'

Arsene Wenger
Arsene Wenger

Arsene Wenger expects to see Brendan Rodgers back in management after Liverpool sacked the Northern Irishman on Sunday.

Arsenal boss Wenger said Rodgers has shown he has the ability to manage at the highest level and admitted he was sorry to see him leave Anfield.

Speaking shortly after Liverpool announced Rodgers had departed, Wenger said: "I am always sad when that happens because I think he is a quality manager.

"Unfortunately, the pressure is always bigger on the managers and to resist the disappointment's more difficult.

"I think he was unlucky not to win the Premiership. He was the closest certainly to win the Premiership of all the managers who have been working for the club. But that's the way it goes now and I wish him good luck. I am sure he will find a job again."

However, former Liverpool captain Jamie Carragher said the club's owners must get the next appointment right, and suggested Rodgers should have gone sooner.

Addressing the challenge facing owners Fenway Sports Group, Carragher was critical of their performance at the helm of the club. He said: "At the moment the owners' track record in making changes over the last two or three years has not been good enough. It's miles off.

"I'd have preferred them to do it (sack Rodgers) in the summer. He's been there three and a bit years, they haven't won a trophy and they've played Champions League football once, that's not good enough for Liverpool.

"Liverpool are becoming Tottenham: they think they're a big club but the real big clubs are not too worried about them."

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