Brendan Rodgers backed by Jose Mourinho for Liverpool success
Real Madrid manager Jose Mourinho has backed ex-Chelsea colleague Brendan Rodgers to succeed as Liverpool boss.
Rodgers, 39, was unveiled as Kenny Dalglish's successor on Friday after Liverpool and his club Swansea agreed a compensation deal.
He worked as part of Mourinho's staff when he was in charge at Chelsea.
"I am very happy with his appointment, especially because he did it as a consequence of all his amazing work at Swansea," Mourinho told the Sun.
Who is Brendan Rodgers?
- 1973: Born 26 January in Carnlough, Northern Ireland
- 1987: Begins career as a defender with Ballymena United
- 1990: Joins Reading as a teenager before being forced to retire through injury. Remains as a coach
- 2004: Jose Mourinho appoints Rodgers as Chelsea youth team manager
- 2006: The Blues promote him to reserve team manager
- 2008: Joins Watford
- June 2009: Returns to Reading to replace Steve Coppell
- December 2009: Leaves by mutual consent after a bad start
- July 2010: Returns to management with Swansea
- May 2011: Guides the Swans to promotion via play-offs
- May 2012: Leads Swansea to 11th in their first Premier League campaign
Rodgers was appointed by Mourinho as the Chelsea youth-team manager in 2004 and was promoted to reserve-team manager two years later. He left Stamford Bridge in 2008 to become Watford boss.
His appointment came after the Reds were linked with a number of candidates including former Chelsea boss Andre Villas-Boas, ex-England coach Fabio Capello and Ajax manager Frank de Boer, as well as Wigan manager Roberto Martinez, who held a meeting with the club's hierarchy.
Rodgers declined an initial opportunity to speak to Liverpool about the vacancy 12 days ago before changing his mind and Mourinho believes he can make a good impression at Anfield.
"Brendan is a good man, a family guy and a friend," he added.
"When he joined us at Chelsea he was a young coach with lots of desire to learn.
"But he was also a coach with ideas, who was ready not just to listen but also to communicate and share."
Liverpool striker Craig Bellamy is happy with the decision: "I think they have made a very good appointment in Brendan Rodgers, I really do.
"He is very good guy as well, speaks well, knows his football, and he has proven himself."