Jenkins: Swansea protected from Rodgers raid01/06/2012 - 11:05:43
Swansea chairman Huw Jenkins has revealed an agreement is in place to prevent stop newly-appointed Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers signing players from his former club for 12 months.
The Northern Irishman was presented as the new Reds manager this morning after the Merseyside club settled on a compensation package with Swansea.
But he will not be able to raid his former club for talent over the next year..
“We have got some protection on Brendan coming back for our players in the initial period, which I think is the right thing,” Jenkins told talkSPORT.
“He has got a timescale to assess things there and that is going to take him while so I’ve got no worries there. We have got a 12 month respite.”
Jenkins admitted his disappointment at losing Rodgers, who guided the Swans to the Premier League and then to an 11th-placed finish in the top flight last term.
“We are obviously very, very disappointed that we lost Brendan but things move on,” he told Sky Sports News.
“I think that naturally he has got massive belief in his ability and he felt that if he was the right candidate he would go forward.
“Obviously my only loyalty is to my football club and when we had Brendan working with us we wanted him for some years to come but the reality is that everyone has ambition and sometimes that ambition has to be realised.”
Jenkins claimed the pair parted company amicably.
“We have got a good relationship, we have dealt with it in the right way with Brendan and Liverpool,” he added.
Wigan manager Roberto Martinez was heavily linked with the Liverpool job before Rodgers emerged as the Reds’ first choice in the selection process.
“I obviously can’t comment on what the process was. I think it was a public process and they have handled their affairs slightly different than we would but that is their job,” Jenkins said.
“Our focus now is about moving on and making sure our club is right and ready for the season ahead.”
Swansea have reportedly been given permission to talk to Wigan assistant manager Graeme Jones as they look to replace Rodgers
Jones, 42, previously held the same role at Swansea and Jenkins confirmed he wants someone who understands the club.
“The way we play, the philosophy in our club is not going to change,” he said.
“We have got to bring someone in who is going to complement that.
“They have got to agree to work within our structure. Brendan did that, everything was set up for him and he continued that, built on it, and obviously we are going to continue on the right path and find the right person who is going to suit us.”
The record transfer of Iceland midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson was set up before Rodgers left the club, but Jenkins confirmed the deal for the Hoffenheim star is still due to go ahead.
He said: “We have agreed a fee and personal terms but the problem is he has gone away to Europe on holiday and that has delayed the finalising of it.
“We are hopeful of getting things moving next week, hopefully we can tie that up and get one or two things finished off.”
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