Factbox on Brendan Rodgers, who was sacked by Liverpool on Sunday.
* Born Jan. 26, 1973 in Carnlough, Northern Ireland
* Rodgers only played a handful of matches in his native Northern Ireland before he was signed by English club Reading as a teenager.
* Retired aged 20 due to a genetic knee condition.
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* First managerial post came at Watford in November 2008 after time with the Reading youth team and Premier League club Chelsea’s reserves.
* A brief stint in charge of Reading followed from June-December 2009 before he joined Swansea City in July 2010.
* Led Swansea to promotion from the Championship (second division) via the playoffs in his first season.
* Guided Swansea to a respectable 11th place finish in the 2011-2012 Premier League season, their first campaign at the highest level since 1983.
* Named Liverpool manager on June 1, 2012, replacing club legend Kenny Dalglish.
* Rodgers oversees his first competitive game as Liverpool manager on Aug. 2, 2012, a 1-0 win in the Europa League against FC Gomel
* Liverpool are knocked out of the FA Cup in the fourth round by League One side Oldham Athletic on Jan. 27, 2013
* Guides Liverpool to a second-place finish in the 2013-14 Premier League season, scoring 101 goals — their highest finish since 2008-09
* Rodgers signs a new four-year contract on May 26, 2014
* Liverpool end the 2014-2015 season with a 6-1 defeat by Stoke City, ending up in sixth place, making Rodgers the club’s first manager since the 1950’s not to win a trophy after three seasons in charge
* Liverpool sack Rodgers on, just eight games into the season with the five-times European champions in 10th place in the league.