This was inevitable. Right on the heels of the club basically falling apart, Liverpool Ladies announce that their manager Scott Rogers has also departed from the club.
While there is no statement from Rogers himself, naturally, the club released a statement from Liverpool CEO Peter Moore, saying: “We would like to thank Scott for his contribution to Liverpool Ladies both as Assistant Manager and Manager. He is a very talented manager who I am sure will have a very successful coaching career ahead of him.
“The search for a new manager is underway and we hope to make an appointment in a decisive and timely manner.”
Rogers joined Liverpool in 2012 and worked under Matt Beard as his assistant during the back-to-back title winning seasons of 2013 and 2014. He took over the job officially in 2015 when Beard left to manage the now defunct Boston Breakers.
It’s no secret that the club has been in steady decline ever since, with this season finishing 6th and 16 points behind the league leaders. The loss of major players over the past three seasons had to be a sign of some unrest in the club, starting with the movement of Fara Williams to Arsenal and now going through the loss of Caroline Weir and Kate Longhurst.
I can’t speak for anything specific that happens in that backroom because there’s not enough coverage for women’s football and the assumption that not enough people care to spend money to cover it, but it seems pretty clear that Rogers has been fired and the club are trying to salvage whatever they can. Players have already left, Casey Stoney was just appointed the manager of the Manchester United Women’s team, and it seems like there aren’t a lot of tools at our disposal.
What should’ve been a successful rebuild has turned into a successful demolition and we have to start from the ground up, all over again. Exciting times at LLFC.