The Swansea City fans who are gathered at the bar in The Transfer Tavern this evening are discussing comments made by a former manager of the club.
The Guardian report that new Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers was offered the chance to return to the Welsh outfit upon the sacking of Garry Monk in December.
He enjoyed great success at the Liberty Stadium during his initial stint, earning promotion from the Championship before establishing them as a competitive top flight outfit.
The 43-year old was strongly linked with a return to the Liberty Stadium prior to the appointment of Francesco Guidolin, though nothing materialised.
‘Swansea contacted me in January when Garry Monk left’, revealed the former Liverpool boss.
“But I was always clear I wanted to break out.
‘When I left Liverpool, I could have been in a Premier League job the next day. On the Monday, I got a call from a club but I wanted to have time out from the intensity of managing big clubs and the pressures that come with it.’
‘It was always clear that I wanted to go back in the summer.’
With the vastly experienced Italian now firmly in charge in South Wales, the path was paved for the former Reading and Watford coach to make an emotional move North of the Border, to the club he supported as a boy.
He was unveiled by the Glasgow giants yesterday in front of 10.000 fans and believes he is at one of the biggest clubs in European football.
‘Celtic’s one of the biggest clubs in the world, and for me to come up here out of the Premier League, it’s certainly not a step down’, BBC Sport quoted him as saying.
‘I’ve been a Celtic supporter all my life.”
‘I’ve been very lucky to have been given an opportunity to step out the stands and manage the team.’
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