Jamie Carragher criticised the owners of Liverpool for their handling of Brendan Rodgers’ sacking, saying the decision-making of Fenway Sports Group is “miles off” where it should be.
The former Liverpool vice-captain said Rodgers had been fortunate to keep his job in the summer but that the timing was all wrong to let him go now. “It hasn’t gone well for [Rodgers] this season,” said Carragher on Sky Sports.
“He needed to make a good start because maybe he was fortunate in terms of staying on at the end of last season. His staff moved on and new staff came in. He spent £70m-80m, and then seven games later, Liverpool are changing their manager.
“That’s what I don’t like. Just do it in the summer, if that’s the situation. They finished poorly last season, he will have known himself that he would have to make a big start and he hasn’t, and that’s where the pressure comes from. So [the owners FSG] have made a decision now, but at this moment their track record in making decisions for Liverpool Football Club over the past two or three years has not been good enough. It’s miles off.”
It is a very harsh decision, he did not deserve that at all. I’m shocked
Garry Monk, the manager of Rodgers’ old club Swansea City, said the Northern Irishman did not merit the sack. “I am surprised, I cannot believe it,” said Monk after learning of Rodgers’ fate following Swansea’s game against Tottenham yesterday. “It is a very harsh decision, he did not deserve that at all. He is a top manager. You do not know what happens behind closed doors, but I am really shocked.
“I will try and speak to him, you never like to see things like that, he did a great job here and I am not sure who would do a better job at Liverpool.
“He will bounce back, he was so supportive to me, giving me advice when I got the job here. He is a top man and a top manager. I don’t understand it.”