Former Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers reveals he was rushed to hospital after being sacked in 2015


Former Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers reveals he was rushed to hospital after being sacked in 2015

Brendan Rodgers has revealed how he was rushed to hospital shortly after being sacked by Liverpool.

In October 2015, Rodgers was dismissed after a 1-1 draw at Goodison Park with Merseyside rivals Everton.

Rodgers was sacked after a 1-1 draw with Everton in 2015

Having led the club to the brink of the Premier League title just 18 months prior, the owners decided a change was needed at the helm.

But it transpired the Northern Irishman had needed a break long before his sacking, as his health had begun to deteriorate.

Speaking to The Coaches Voice, Rodgers revealed: “I wanted to go away and reflect on my time at Liverpool, but also to regain two elements that I believe are absolutely vital to any manager: energy, and happiness.

“No matter what you do in life, I feel that you need both. But, in particular for a football manager, and for me at that time, they were crucial. If you are energised and happy, you can do your job much better.

The 45-year-old is now back and enjoying his football at Celtic

“It was a case of turning the engine off on football for a little while. Spending some time with my kids, doing some travelling with my wife, and then tapping back into football in the new year.

“I went to Spain for a week. Then I came back, and flew to Dubai. Within a couple of days in Dubai, I was rushed into hospital.

“I went through all the tests. It was felt that I was having some issues internally, but then they got into the process of what had happened with work, with my life. They pieced it all together, and it was simply a case of my body being so tense, so tight, from all that had happened in finishing my time at Liverpool.

“It reminded me of the pressures you experience, and the expectations you carry, as a manager. Especially at the bigger clubs. It reinforced for me that it was time to find a calmness, to re-energise and make sure I was genuinely ready for the next challenge.”

Brendan Rodgers has re-established himself as a great tactician in Scotland

Now at Celtic, Rodgers has re-established himself as one of the brightest coaches in British football after leading the Bhoys to back-to-back Scottish Premiership titles playing an attractive brand of football.

Despite being linked with a return to Premier League management, the 45-year-old is adamant there is still work to be done at Parkhead.

Celtic’s 2016-17 domestic season was completely unblemished as they raced to the title

“What is vitally important in your next job, I believe, is that you win,” he continued. “And that you win in the best way you can.

“I saw that in Celtic. I saw the opportunity to win, but a chance to bring my ideas into another iconic club. There would still be big pressure: 60-odd thousand fans every other week, and a worldwide fanbase.