Rodgers makes big admission: I would be a lot better off if I left Celtic
By Harry Sykes
Brendan Rodgers has claimed he could earn far more financially at another club than he is getting at Celtic.
The Parkhead manager made the the frank admission as he explained why he is the happiest he has ever been in his career.
Rodgers has transformed Celtic into a winning machine that have flattened all domestic opponents in their path and are now on the verge of a number of record-breaking achievements as they aim to finish the league season unbeaten while winning the treble.
The Scottish giants are already two-thirds of the way to their trophy goal, with only the Scottish Cup final against Aberdeen on Saturday week their one remaining hurdle.
Inevitably and periodically, it is suggested that Rodgers has an itch to prove a point at an elite club with greater riches, either in the Premier League or overseas, after his sacking by Liverpool in October 2015.
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But the northern Irishman, 44, has now found the greatest contentment in what is his fifth managerial post, after spell at Watford, Reading and Swansea in addition to Anfield.
“The finances involved in the Premier League and the challenge there is huge, but I’ve found a real happiness here,” he said, as quoted by the Telegraph. “I could go elsewhere and be financially a lot better off but I’ve learned through time and experience that it’s more than that.
“I needed a breather after the Liverpool experience. I had a couple of things that nearly tempted me at that time.
“I summarised and found a conclusion to the Liverpool experience – which was a great experience – and then I was refreshed and ready to go again. I was fed up taking holidays, I was ready to work. It wasn’t just about a club, it was about going to the right club. The timing of this just happened to be perfect.
“I never thought I could be this happy – in everything really. I have got great relations with the directors, a great working relationship and a real respect for Peter Lawwell [Celtic CEO]. I have constant feedback from Dermot Desmond [Celtic’s biggest single shareholder].
“They offered me the ability to create and be the architect of the club and they have been true to their word. Absolutely amazing.”
Celtic will aim to finish what has been a remarkable league campaign unbeaten when they host Hearts in their Scottish Premiership finale at Parkhead on Sunday.
In other Celtic transfer news, the deal is all but done for a proven Premier League performer to sign for the Scottish giants.