February 26, 2019 / 2:28 PM / 7 months ago

Factbox on Leicester City managerial target Brendan Rodgers

(Reuters) - Factbox on Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers, who was granted permission by the club on Tuesday to speak to Premier League side Leicester City over their managerial vacancy.

* Born Jan. 26, 1973 in Carnlough, Northern Ireland

* Played a handful of matches in his native Northern Ireland before he was signed by English club Reading as a teenager.

* Retired aged 20 due to a genetic knee condition.

* First managerial post came at Watford in November 2008 after time with the Reading’s youth team and Premier League club Chelsea’s reserves.

* A brief stint in charge of Reading followed from June-December 2009 before he joined Swansea City in July 2010.

* Led Swansea to promotion from the Championship (second division) via the playoffs in his first season.

* Guided Swansea to a respectable 11th place finish in the 2011-2012 Premier League season, their first campaign at the highest level since 1983.

* Named Liverpool manager in June 2012, replacing club legend Kenny Dalglish.

* Guided Liverpool to a second-place finish in the 2013-14 Premier League season, with the team scoring 101 goals. It was their highest finish since 2008-09.

* Sacked by Liverpool eight games into the 2015-16 season with the five-times European champions 10th in the league.

* Appointed Celtic boss on a 12-month rolling contract in May 2016 to replace Ronny Deila.

* Rewarded with a new four-year contract up to 2021 after winning the Scottish Premiership in his first season, with the club going on to finish the league campaign unbeaten.

* Having guided Celtic to the Scottish League Cup, Rodgers oversaw success in the Scottish Cup to seal a domestic treble for only the fourth time in the club’s history.

* Helped Celtic break their own 100-year-old British record by stretching their unbeaten domestic run to 63 matches with a 4-0 win at St Johnstone the following season.

* Celtic’s 69-match unbeaten domestic run ended when they were crushed 4-0 by Hearts in December 2017.

* Won his second and Celtic’s seventh consecutive league title before completing the first ever ‘double treble’ in Scottish soccer history.

* Won his seventh trophy as Celtic boss with a Scottish League Cup title last year.

Reporting by Shrivathsa Sridhar in Bengaluru; Editing by Christian Radnedge

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