Brendan Rodgers Is the New Manager at Watford

Steven WoodgateCorrespondent INovember 26, 2008

Chelsea reserve team coach Brendan Rodgers has been named the new Watford manager.

Rodgers takes over, following Aidy Boothroyd’s recent departure, as the Hornets are one spot above the relegation places in the Championship.

Caketaker boss Malky Mackay will stay on as a first team coach as his experience of the club will be vital if Rodgers is to turn the club's fortunes around.

There is potential at the club as Mackay led the Hornets to a hugely impressive 3-0 win over promotion contenders Queens Park Rangers at the weekend. The ex-Watford captain looked firm favourite to take over the hot seat on a permanent basis before the appointment of Rodgers.

In an impressive step, the former West Ham United player and assistant manger Frank Lampard Snr has joined as a football consultant to help matters. His experience will be valuable for Rodgers to succeed, as this will be his first time managing at first team level.

Rodgers told Watford’s website: “Frank is someone I have known for a little while now—he has great experience.

“He is a football man, an honest man and a loyal man. When you are a young manager, those are the key qualities you want in someone who is your mentor.”

Watford fans will remember Boothroyd taking over in similar circumstances and in a similar position. He, remarkably, led the club into the Premier League after defeating Leeds United 3-0 in the Play Off final back in 2006.

The Vicarage Road outfit may be hoping for parallel success.

Rodgers, who is originally from Northern Ireland, was a successful youth academy director at Reading before Chelsea swooped in. He took up an important role in the development of Chelsea’s youth before being promoted to reserve team coach.

Now, Rodgers has taken another step in his career. It is impressive that he has worked his way up the ladder and has now taken over a big Championship team, who are placed at the wrong end of the table. He will certainly have his work cut out.