BRENDAN Rodgers was never going to have an easy time of it when he was appointed Liverpool FC manager.
Against the backdrop of another disappointing end to a league campaign and with the King of the Kop being unceremoniously dumped by owners FSG, most Reds fans were anticipating a world-famous name to be appointed as the new man in charge; somebody who’s stature in the game could match that of the club – somebody who’s CV demanded respect.
Although respect should always be earned, without a CV to fall back on when the results failed to meet expectations, Rodgers knew he’d have a lot to do to convince some of the most passionate and knowledgeable supporters in the world.
Once a fairly mundane initial transfer window was offset by the fantastic January signings, positivity began to flow, and an excellent second half to the season had Reds fans licking their lips in anticipation of the new campaign.
The jury is still out on the men who now run this great club, but regardless of your thoughts on FSG, they have to be respected for their handling of the Luis Suarez affair this summer, and the way they treated Arsenal with the contempt they deserved.
Brendan Rodgers may now have also earned some respect, no matter how begrudgingly, guiding the Reds to two victories out of two at the start of this new Premier League season, all without his star striker, but with his signing, Daniel Sturridge, the main protagonist in the Liverpool wins.
Has Rodgers changed your initial views on him and earned any more of your respect?
Respect is a bit of a watch word right now, whether that’s fans giving players and managers more respect or players giving referees more respect, but across all levels of the game, the FA are trying to ensure that bad behaviour is stamped out.
In view of this, the FA has launched a new advert to remind people about the importance of Respect in our national game. The film looks at the potential of ‘corrective’ technology – think ED209 from Robocop – to deal with the problems of raging touchline parents, the loss of referees, foul mouthed players or abusive managers.
The Respect programme was launched in 2008 and although there is much still to do, after five seasons across all levels of football on field discipline has improved, assaults on referees have fallen, 5,000 more match officials have been recruited and the environment of children’s football has improved.
Check out the video below…
For more information about the Respect programme visit www.TheFA.com/Respect
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