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Swansea boss Rodgers snubs Liverpool approach

Swansea boss Rodgers snubs Liverpool approach

Rodgers steered Swansea's players to an 11th-placed finish, just five points behind eighth-placed Liverpool.

London: Liverpool turned to Twitter on Friday to ask supporters for help in finding a new manager after Swansea's Brendan Rodgers rejected an approach to discuss replacing the fired Kenny Dalglish.

Liverpool tweeted to more than 930,000 followers: "Who do you want to replace Kenny Dalglish as LFC manager? Reply with your suggestions and reasons."

The American-owned club is planning to interview several managers before making an appointment, having already been granted permission by Wigan on Thursday to speak to Roberto Martinez.

The Boston Red Sox ownership group, which runs Liverpool, is overhauling the senior management at the 18-time English champions.

The use of crowd-sourcing to sound out fans' opinions came after Rodgers pledged to stick with Swansea, who beat Liverpool on the last day of an impressive debut Premier League campaign on Sunday in what proved to be Dalglish's last game in charge.

"An approach from Liverpool FC to speak to manager Brendan Rodgers was officially received by chairman Huw Jenkins this morning," Swansea said on Friday. "The club is pleased to confirm that Brendan has declined the current opportunity to speak to the Anfield club about the vacant position."

Agreeing to be interviewed by Liverpool and then being rejected by the Premier League rival could have made it tough for Rodgers to return to the Swansea job.

Rodgers guided Swansea to promotion via the play-offs last season, becoming the first Welsh club to reach the Premier League having last played in the top flight in 1983. He then steered Swansea's players to an 11th-placed finish, just five points behind eighth-placed Liverpool after being lauded for their slick, passing football.

"The Swansea manager is currently working hard to strengthen the squad in readiness for the new Premier League campaign," the south Wales club said.

Dalglish was fired on Wednesday after Liverpool failed to challenge for a place in the Premier League's top four and a return to the lucrative Champions League.

Dalglish is the latest senior figure to leave Anfield in recent weeks, following the exit of the director of football, head of sports medicine and communications chief.

"We may have lost our way a little in terms of performances but it is still one of the biggest football clubs in the world," Liverpool managing director Ian Ayre said on Thursday. "I still think this is one of the biggest jobs in world football."

Several names have been linked to the Anfield job, including former Swansea boss Roberto Martinez, who helped Wigan Athletic avoid relegation for the second season in a row.