Friends Of Liverpool

Northern Ireland’s Brendan Rodgers has become only the second Irishman to manage Liverpool’s famous football club.

He follows in the illustrious footsteps of compatriot, John Mc Kenna, who was Liverpool’s first Manager from 1892-1896.

He was a friend of Liverpool founder John Houlding and remained with him after some directors left and founded Everton football club at Goodison Park.

McKenna tried to gain Liverpool’s admittance into the Football League but was denied by the FA at the time.
So Mc Kenna managed Liverpool in the Lancashire League instead.
After winning that league as Champions, Liverpool were accepted as entrants into the English Football League proper in 1893.

Rodgers is pictured beside the commemorative plaque of ‘Honest John’ McKenna at Melwood.

An LFC quote on twitter said “The wheel has come full circle with the appointment of Brendan Rodgers as Liverpool Manager”.

It doesn’t matter where Liverpool’s manager is from really, as long as he delivers success and trophies for the club and Rodgers will, hopefully be the man to do that.