Just days after receiving the news that Liverpool was dismissed, Rodgers was hospitalized on a trip to Dubai. Test results showed that his body had been exhausted from persistent stresses for weeks earlier. He had wanted to continue working at Liverpool and plan a reconstruction, but also knew everything was out of control. Almost at the same time, the marriage with his wife Susan, broke down after 14 years of marriage. They had to drag each other to court divorce.
Seven months later, Rodgers appeared at Celtic, without a trace of the popular. At the time he was living in London, very relaxed, often chatting with friends, waking up at half past six in the morning and training with his own fitness coach. Upon arriving in Glasgow, Rodgers was fully ready for a new challenge, with good health, a bright smile and tanned skin.
13,000 Celtic fans welcome Rodgers
As well as taking on the job at Liverpool, Rodgers emphasized that he is not just a coach. He wants to participate more deeply in the management of the team. On his first walk around Celtic’s Lennoxtown training center, he pointed out the day: why the team’s team room was wider and had a better view than the head coach’s room. So the scouts had to move to another place, giving way to Rodgers. Then he began to apply strict standards of the Premier League on Celtic and force everyone to do it. He tried to awaken a successful team but there was no clear play under his predecessor Ronny Delia.
Rodgers gave Dermot Desmond, Celtic’s major shareholder, and CEO Peter Lawwell a copy of “One Vision, One Club” (One Vision, One Club), a blueprint written by himself. out, used to apply to the team that they hold the military. Celtic players were given a shorter document, detailing the football philosophy he pursued and the schedule for the upcoming training activities. Players with young children preparing for admission are impressed and impressed, because Rodgers said they can practice a little later, so that they can take their children to school.