The Dugout - 60 seconds with Brendan Rodgers

Wed, 05 Oct 09:33:00 2011

We spent a minute with Swansea manager Brendan Rodgers, who becomes the latest Premier League boss to reveal his ideal dinner party line-up.

2011 Championship play-off final Swansea players celebrate with manager Brendan Rodgers - 0

If you hadn't been a football manager, what career would you have had instead?

I would probably have gone down the route of being a teacher, maybe a PE teacher. Something involving sport would have been great.

What was your first car?

My first car was a Fiat Uno 45. It was a fantastic little car, with an ashtray that used to slide along the dashboard!

What is, in your opinion, the greatest song ever recorded?

R Kelly - I Believe I Can Fly. I could give you a few Irish ones but you wouldn't know what they were!

What's your TV guilty pleasure; what do you enjoy watching when you get time?

I enjoy the documentaries on Sky TV. I like looking into history and knowing what's going on in the world. So I get my money's worth from the documentary channels on my satellite package.

If somebody made a film of your life, which actor would you like to play you?

Liam Neeson.

What's the nicest place you've ever visited?

I've been fortunate enough to travel quite a lot. I enjoy going to Dubai. For the climate and the cleanliness of the country. It's a wonderful country.

If you could throw a dinner party for any three people in history, dead or alive, who would they be?

I would have Sir Alex Ferguson for one. An incredible man, a genius in football, and it would be interesting to know about his life, his stories and everything he's been up against. I would love to have George Best there. He was someone I really admired but never got the chance to meet, a Northern Irishman. He would also be able to exchange stories with Sir Alex from the Man United days. And... I would invite Robbie Williams just to give us a little song every now and then. He's also had a few experiences...

What would you cook for them?

It would have to be something very simple. Probably a wee bit of calamari to start. Then a main meal of some chicken and vegetables, all posh stuff! Then for dessert we would do a little bit of toffee pecan cheesecake - oh, it's absolutely stunning! I've got to do all three courses because it's a long night...

What is your favourite sport apart from football?

I enjoy snooker. A game of snooker or pool. I'm hopeless at golf, even though I enjoy a walk around the course.

Crystal ball time – what do you think you will be doing in 2030?

I would still hope to be managing. I would hope by that time that I would be renowned as a successful manager whose methods with young and senior players have provided innovation to help football in this country.

Brendan Rodgers was speaking to Yahoo!'s 'The Dugout' through its partnership with the League Managers Association

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