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Brendan Rodgers: Reading FC Sacking Helped Me This Season

To this day Reading fans are still divided over the sacking of Brendan Rodgers in 2009. The current Liverpool manager has now spoken of the vital lessons he learned from the experience.

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Despite success at Liverpool last season, Rodgers job was coming under increasing scrutiny after earning just 14 points from their first 12 games this time around. Rodgers admits that his time at Reading in 2009 taught him that no matter how much you've done in the past, it only takes one bad run to end up jobless.

"I understood the situation. My experience at Reading told me that. That's what I learned from my sacking there. I went in to Reading with the full backing of the chairman, who was great to me, and I got 20 games.

"Even though it was a three-year project and they wanted me there and I was the guy who knew the club more than anyone, I got the sack after 20 games. Funnily enough it had just started to pick up but they lost their patience.

"What I learned was it does not matter how much support you have in the boardroom, from the directors, the executives, you have to get results and you have to win."

I'm sure Brian McDermott will sympathise with the above sentiment…

The debate over Rodgers sacking still creates plenty of debate among the Reading fanbase and if you want to see our take on it, check out Wimb's piece written a couple of years ago.