Rodgers aims to be England manager

LONDON • Brendan Rodgers is expected to reject the chance to return to Swansea City in place of Garry Monk because he hopes to succeed Roy Hodgson as England manager this summer.

Monk was sacked on Wednesday after talks with chairman Huw Jenkins, with first-team coach Alan Curtis taking training yesterday.

The latter could take charge for the visit to Manchester City tomorrow, given that Pep Clotet and James Beattie, Monk's other assistants, left yesterday as well.

Jenkins has yet to secure a replacement for Monk.

Rodgers is Swansea's target but the Northern Irishman has reservations about returning to the club whom he led to the English Premier League for the first time, because he believes that he could secure a bigger job next year.

Despite being sacked by Liverpool this season, Rodgers is still admired within the FA.

He features prominently in contingency plans should Hodgson leave after Euro 2016.

Jenkins outlined his determination to appoint a new manager "as soon as possible" on Wednesday, although Rodgers is not the only candidate with reservations.

David Moyes is also uncertain about returning to work soon after being dismissed by Real Sociedad.

Jenkins expressed regret at Monk's departure after he led Swansea to a club-record Premier League points tally in finishing eighth last season.

This season, however, Swansea have won one of their past 11 Premier League games, and are one point above the relegation zone.

"The decision has been made very reluctantly and with a heavy heart," Jenkins said.

"Considering the drop of performance levels and run of results over the last three months, it has brought us to this unfortunate decision today."

Despite the poor run, Monk had the best win ratio of any Swansea manager in the Premier League, winning 35.8 per cent of his 67 games in charge.

THE TIMES, LONDON

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