Rodgers cleared to take trio to Anfield
Swansea City and Liverpool have agreed a compensation package that will likely see manager Brendan Rodgers and three of his backroom staff make the move to Anfield on Friday.
Swansea revealed yesterday that the Northern Irishman had informed them of his desire to move to Merseyside, and talks were held today to agree compensation believed to be in the region of £5 million.
As part of those discussions, Swansea chairman Huw Jenkins has also agreed to let assistant manager Colin Pascoe, performance analyst Chris Davies and head of sports science and medicine Glen Driscoll join Rodgers at Liverpool.
The 39-year-old is expected to sign a three-year contract and be unveiled as Liverpool manager at a press conference at Anfield tomorrow morning. A statement on the Swansea website read: "We can today confirm that a compensation package with Liverpool has been agreed for manager Brendan Rodgers and three members of his backroom staff.
"Both clubs have been in discussions to sort suitable compensation for Brendan along with assistant manager Colin Pascoe, performance analyst Chris Davies and head of sports science and medicine Glen Driscoll. The Swans have agreed to allow the backroom trio to join Brendan following discussions between himself and chairman Huw Jenkins.
"The club now starts its search for Brendan's successor. That involves looking at a number of chosen candidates who are well suited to provide Swansea City with continuity which we feel is paramount to our ongoing development as a Premier League club. We hope to conclude this as soon as possible."
Swansea had started to make preparations for life without Rodgers in February, holding a series of meetings when he was linked with Tottenham Hotspur in order to avoid being left high and dry in the event of his departure.
Brighton boss Gus Poyet, Blackpool's Ian Holloway, Birmingham's Chris Hughton and former Denmark international Michael Laudrup have all been linked with the vacancy at the Liberty Stadium, but it is Wigan assistant manager Graeme Jones who has emerged as a surprise favourite for the role. The 42-year-old was Roberto Martinez's assistant at the Liberty between 2007 and 2009 before following the Spaniard, who also held talks over the Liverpool vacancy, to Wigan.
Jones was approached by the Swans to take over from Paolo Sousa prior to their appointment of Rodgers in 2010. But a Wigan spokesman has said they have not received an approach for Jones.
Former striker Jones was a popular figure during his previous spell in south Wales, and would fit the club's desire to appoint someone willing to continue the attractive passing style that has served Swansea well, having helped Martinez implement that approach.