'If money talks Watford's Brendan Rodgers going to Reading is a done deal'

Bookies expect Brendan Rodgers to take over at Reading. Picture: Jane Parr

Bookies expect Brendan Rodgers to take over at Reading. Picture: Jane Parr

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Watford manager Brendan Rodgers has become favourite to take over at Reading following Steve Coppell’s resignation last night.

Bookies Victor Chandler has slashed Rodgers’ odds from 10/1 to Evens and SkyBet have shortened from 16/1 to 4/1.

The Northern Irishman has lived in Reading since he joined the club as a player at 16 years old.

And when Rodgers’ playing career ended at 20 due to injury, he became a coach for the Royals and went on to become their Academy director before moving to Chelsea.

Victor Chandler’s Neal Wilkins said: “If the money could talk it’s suggests that Rodgers going to Reading is a done deal. There’s been some very informed money for him.”

Sky Bet’s Helen Jacob added: “A good selection of candidates have been backed to fill Steve Coppell’s shoes since we opened the betting this morning.

“Usual suspects Alan Curbishley and Aidy Boothroyd have been popular but it is Reading’s current and former Academy managers that have attracted most money.”

Reading’s Academy director Eamonn Dolan is now 6/1 to take over on SkyBet and the odds on former Watford boss Boothroyd and Curbishley have been lengthened to 7/1.

Rumours have circulated for the past few months that Rodgers could take over at the Madejski Stadium if Coppell were to retire.

During a live webchat with supporters on this wesite recently, Rodgers was asked if he would promise not to leave the Hornets for Reading this summer.

The 36-year-old replied: “I never promise anything in my life. All I know is that I'm in love with Watford and I've set out on a journey that I want to complete.“

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3:04pm Wed 13 May 09

cliff46 says...

Steve Coppell knows how to manage without money so if he is looking for a new challenge then Watford is the club for him.
Hopefully Brendon won't go because if Jose comes back to England during the next year or two he would probably like to join him in which case leaving two clubs after such a
short time would not look great on his CV.
Steve Coppell knows how to manage without money so if he is looking for a new challenge then Watford is the club for him. Hopefully Brendon won't go because if Jose comes back to England during the next year or two he would probably like to join him in which case leaving two clubs after such a short time would not look great on his CV. cliff46
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3:09pm Wed 13 May 09

JamesA says...

Be a brave selection for Reading to make.

They'd be better advised to go for someone with more of a track-record, like the fella at Swansea.

I think Brendon would be a little daft to jump ship so early in his career but you never know...
Be a brave selection for Reading to make. They'd be better advised to go for someone with more of a track-record, like the fella at Swansea. I think Brendon would be a little daft to jump ship so early in his career but you never know... JamesA
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3:34pm Wed 13 May 09

SuperNova says...

Given the choice.......what would you do?????
Given the choice.......what would you do????? SuperNova
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3:41pm Wed 13 May 09

JamesA says...

Me? I'd go - but then I am a bit daft...
Me? I'd go - but then I am a bit daft... JamesA
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4:57pm Wed 13 May 09

imuskett says...

I imagine he'll go if offered the right terms and money. Who'd blame him? Not me..
I imagine he'll go if offered the right terms and money. Who'd blame him? Not me.. imuskett
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7:37pm Wed 13 May 09

pstannard4 says...

Me Personally can't see him going to Reading. I would be very very dissapointed if he did after a fantastic job he did since arriving in November
Me Personally can't see him going to Reading. I would be very very dissapointed if he did after a fantastic job he did since arriving in November pstannard4
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8:33pm Wed 13 May 09

WFC4ever says...

imuskett wrote:
I imagine he'll go if offered the right terms and money. Who'd blame him? Not me..
Nor would I...even more so if he has been told to sell and cannot bring many players into our club.

Would look bad for his reputation thought but then what does loyalty mean in football thesedays?

[quote][p][bold]imuskett[/bold] wrote: I imagine he'll go if offered the right terms and money. Who'd blame him? Not me..[/p][/quote]Nor would I...even more so if he has been told to sell and cannot bring many players into our club. Would look bad for his reputation thought but then what does loyalty mean in football thesedays? WFC4ever
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9:02pm Wed 13 May 09

wfcdave says...

2/7 now!!!!! but apparently rodgers is in Italy right now
2/7 now!!!!! but apparently rodgers is in Italy right now wfcdave
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9:20pm Wed 13 May 09

andyandyandy says...

he will go. iaid ages ago he will go.. he was lied to by simpson as to the money available when he took the job so he has the perfect excuse. he took the job under false promises from gimpson.. i would hate to see him go but would not blame him one bit and the fault lays with simpson..
he will go. iaid ages ago he will go.. he was lied to by simpson as to the money available when he took the job so he has the perfect excuse. he took the job under false promises from gimpson.. i would hate to see him go but would not blame him one bit and the fault lays with simpson.. andyandyandy
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9:48pm Wed 13 May 09

derry pigweed says...

Reading fans were singing his name during the game last night!
I hope he stays as he has done a great job!
Reading fans were singing his name during the game last night! I hope he stays as he has done a great job! derry pigweed
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9:48pm Wed 13 May 09

derry pigweed says...

Reading fans were singing his name during the game last night!
I hope he stays as he has done a great job!
Reading fans were singing his name during the game last night! I hope he stays as he has done a great job! derry pigweed
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7:42am Thu 14 May 09

Chris the Vic says...

OK brendan lives in Reading and Coppell has gone.

Boothroyd is unlikely to get a job there ...they need a solid manager...As for Brendan well he is inexperienced and will find the likes of Stephen Hunt, Doyle,Duberry, Bryn etc a different type of player to what he is used to...Also whilst BR has done well at WFC we needed a new style and young CHEAP players..ideal for BR's experience. At the Royals they need a safe pair of hands like Coppells...Curbishle
y of all the front runners fits that bill...brendan should complete his apprenticeship at WFC...less pressure and he is wanted...he could also build himself a legendary name to rank with that of Taylor.

And like Jack Cork who has ambitions with Chelsea and an interested Harry Redknap...if Jack wants to develop he should remain at WFC and again complete his apprenticeship with heaps of first team games
OK brendan lives in Reading and Coppell has gone. Boothroyd is unlikely to get a job there ...they need a solid manager...As for Brendan well he is inexperienced and will find the likes of Stephen Hunt, Doyle,Duberry, Bryn etc a different type of player to what he is used to...Also whilst BR has done well at WFC we needed a new style and young CHEAP players..ideal for BR's experience. At the Royals they need a safe pair of hands like Coppells...Curbishle y of all the front runners fits that bill...brendan should complete his apprenticeship at WFC...less pressure and he is wanted...he could also build himself a legendary name to rank with that of Taylor. And like Jack Cork who has ambitions with Chelsea and an interested Harry Redknap...if Jack wants to develop he should remain at WFC and again complete his apprenticeship with heaps of first team games Chris the Vic
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8:00am Thu 14 May 09

JonBoy says...

Rodgers himself has said he has restructured the club so if he leaves someone else will have to pick up the pieces of a job half done.

What kind of man is he? Does he put ambition before honour and loyalty? That will determine whether he leaves or not.
Rodgers himself has said he has restructured the club so if he leaves someone else will have to pick up the pieces of a job half done. What kind of man is he? Does he put ambition before honour and loyalty? That will determine whether he leaves or not. JonBoy
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2:51pm Thu 14 May 09

WFC4ever says...

JonBoy wrote:
Rodgers himself has said he has restructured the club so if he leaves someone else will have to pick up the pieces of a job half done. What kind of man is he? Does he put ambition before honour and loyalty? That will determine whether he leaves or not.
Loyalty in football is lacking quite often sadly.

[quote][p][bold]JonBoy[/bold] wrote: Rodgers himself has said he has restructured the club so if he leaves someone else will have to pick up the pieces of a job half done. What kind of man is he? Does he put ambition before honour and loyalty? That will determine whether he leaves or not.[/p][/quote]Loyalty in football is lacking quite often sadly. WFC4ever
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