The talented Northern Irishman leaves the Swans with the best win rate in the club's history, with a 50.82% success rate. Rodgers' exit has led to speculation that loan star Gylfi Sigurdsson, who was poised to sign with the Swans this week, will now be reluctant to complete his move.
I would like to think that among Sigurdsson's priorities in choosing the Swans were factors like his team-mates, the city and the opportunity to play regular first team football in the Premier League. Sigurdsson would instantly become one of the elite players at Swansea, so ought to factor in any new managers plans for the team regardless of who that manager is.
On the subject of new managers, Huw Jenkins will look to appoint a boss who will continue playing football the Swansea way. Ironically, Martinez is in the bookmakers frame to return to Swansea, and is joint favourite along with Brighton's Gus Poyet at the time of writing. Poyet was said to be under consideration at the time Rodgers was appointed, and so seems likely to receive a phone call. For those who like to dream, Pep Guardiola is 50-1.
As for Rodgers, the move makes some sense, but not total sense. It is easy to understand the allure of an offer from a big team that can double or triple your wages, but the management structure of Liverpool might not suit Rodgers. If the talk of a moneyball management structure comes to fruition at Liverpool, then Rodgers would become a bit part player in the grand scheme.
Moneyball teams make committee decisions and are typically run from up on high. The 'game manager' has a very short leash and no real decision making power beyond tactics. Even then the tactics are dictated somewhat by the personnel and in a moneyball environment Rodgers wouldn't have quite as much say over transfers as he might like.
Rodgers is a good student of the game, so even if his only contribution was tactics, he would still have lots to offer, but moneyball managers are not appointed for their special or unique qualities, which poses the question 'why Rodgers?'. Any half decent manager could fit into such a system, and there are plenty out of work that wouldn't incur compensation.
Lyon, perhaps football's first moneyball side, won seven consecutive French titles with four different managers, and although some of those managers were big names, the feeling is they might have been anyone - the club's organisational system (and incredible transfer market play, which was dictated by a committee led by the club's President and Technical Director, but not the manager) allowed them to be successful. I hope for Rodgers sake he does get the chance to put his stamp on the team.
Regardless of how much autonomy Rodgers is granted, there is also the question of unproven talent. Liverpool fans will doubtless be sceptical, expecting a higher profile appointment and pointing to Rodgers limited track record. Whether they have a point remains to be seen, but I have to wonder whether it would have hurt Rodgers to wait another season or two?
Some say that he took the offer whilst it was there because, had he been relegated with Swansea next season, then he'd never get another high profile chance. However, if he was destined to be relegated with Swansea next season, then he can't be that good a manager, and will flounder at Liverpool.
On the other hand, if he is good enough, and I believe he is, then he could afford to see through his 'long term vision' for the Swans knowing that he had the talent to get a bigger job after establishing Swansea as a perennial Premier League team, which really would be an achievement worthy of big six consideration. After all, it's not like manager vacancies at big six teams are all that rare. Chelsea will probably have had another two or three by the time Jenkins finds Rodgers' replacement.
Of course, it's easy to sit around and talk about loyalty and pretend like we'd do it differently. The reality is that when a top side comes calling, you just don't say no (unless you really, really like Wigan). So good luck Brendan. With the unsellable signings of the Dalglish era piled up like last year's fashions in a fire damage sale, you'll have to earn every penny of that new salary. Just promise not to pinch any of our players, and if you could see your way to letting us have Sterling or Shelvey on loan, that'd be grand.
On to the next Swans boss. Realistically, I like Poyet, but slightly pushing the boat out I would love Michael Laudrup. 4-2-3-1 short passing machine. Sound familiar?
You can check the list and the odds here. Who would you like to see?