Thursday, February 9, 2012

Rodgers seals new deal

Swansea City manager Brendan Rodgers has signed a new long-term deal at the club after an impressive start to life in the Premier League.

Rodgers joined the Welsh club in the summer of 2010 and led the Swans to promotion in his first season in charge. Despite beginning the season among the favourites in the relegation betting his side have carried that form into the top flight and he has been rewarded with a three-and-a-half year contract.

The 39-year-old said: "I'm delighted to sign the new deal. I've been very pleased with my work over the last 19 months.

"I can only promise that over the next three and a half years I will continue to fight for the club and its people to help us become a sustainable Premier League club."

The former Watford and Reading boss, who had been on a rolling 12-month contract, is highly thought of in the game after a whirlwind start to life at Swansea. He has won acclaim for the style of his football and the work he has done on a limited budget. Watching live football has been a delight at the Liberty Stadium this season.

Swansea have moved quickly to tie Rodgers down. Chairman Huw Jenkins is looking forward to seeing Swansea develop further under Rodgers.

Jenkins said: "His personality and immense qualities highlight the importance of finding the right person to work with us to take the club forward.

"He is very important to us and that's not going to change, so it was very, very important to get the contract sorted out."

Swansea sit in the top half of the Premier League with 14 games to play. Barring a late-season collapse, the Swans will have achieved their first mission of consolidation. Under Rodgers and with the right investment, Swansea could kick on next season.

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