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Rodgers sticks by Mackay in rift with Cardiff owner Tan

Former Swansea City manager Brendan Rodgers has given his full support to Cardiff City boss Malky Mackay over his rift with owner Vincent Tan.

Rodgers said the Malaysian "knows absolutely nothing about football".

Speaking ahead of Saturday's Premier League meeting with Cardiff, Rodgers also said he is "astonished" that Mackay has come under fire after leading the club into the top flight.

Brendan Rodgers criticises Cardiff owner Vincent Tan

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has attacked Cardiff City owner Vincent Tan, claiming he "knows nothing about football."

Rodgers, a former Swansea City boss, said it was "astonishing" what Cardiff manager Malky Mackay has had to endure this season, with uncertainty at the club.

Cardiff face Liverpool in the Premier League on Saturday.

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Rodgers: Cardiff owner 'knows nothing about football'

Former Swansea City manager Brendan Rodgers has come to the defence of Cardiff counterpart Malky Mackay, and claimed the capital club's owner Vincent Tan "knows nothing about football."

Rodgers, now in charge of Liverpool, was responding to questions on the fall-out at Cardiff, after Malaysian owner Tan said he was "extremely upset" at comments Mackay made about transfer funds.

Brendan Rodgers (left) and Malky Mackay (right) worked together at Watford. Credit: PA

"I find it astonishing what he has had to go through", Rodgers said.

"He has had great results this season and is going to go on and be a great manager at a big club and I find it absolutely astonishing there is talk about him leaving there."

"My only conclusion is you have a business guy operating the club who knows absolutely nothing about football.

"He has obviously been a successful businessman - congratulations but football is like no other business."

"When I see what Malky has had to put up with, to see him being questioned I find it remarkable.

"Especially when supporters there look up to him and respect him for what he's done."

Swansea City see off Brendan Rodgers' Liverpool

Spanish defender Chico got Swansea off the mark in tonight's Capital One Cup clash Credit: Martin Rickett / PA Wire

Swansea City are through to the quarter finals of the League Cup for the first time in the club's history, after they beat Liverpool 3-1 tonight. Chico, Nathan Dyer and Jonathan de Guzman got the goals for Michael Laudrup's side.

It was the first time Swansea faced their former manager Brendan Rodgers since he left to join Liverpool in the summer. He took midfielder Joe Allen with him to Anfield, and the Welsh international started tonight, but ended up on the losing side.

Swansea to face Brendan Rodgers in cup clash

Brendan Rodgers hasn't enjoyed a very happy start to his time at Liverpool Credit: Martin Rickett / PA Wire

Swansea City's reward for creeping past Crawley Town last night is a Capital One Cup fourth round tie against the competition holders, Liverpool. Of course, that means a reunion with former manager Brendan Rodgers, the first such meeting since he left the Liberty Stadium for Anfield in the summer.

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Laudrup: 'I won't make change for change's sake'

All eyes will be on Michael Laudrup as he takes the reins from Brendan Rodgers Credit: ITV News Wales

Michael Laudrup says he won't make 'change for change's sake' at Swansea City.

Speaking at his first press conference since taking over as Swans Manager, Laudrup confirmed that he'd be bringing in Eric Larssen as part of his backroom team.

The former Danish international, who's signed a two-year contract at the Liberty Stadium, replaces Brendan Rodgers, who left to manage Liverpool.

Giving his reasons for taking the helm at Swansea, Laudrup said:

"I like the philosophy of the club. That's why I agreed to join. It's a very nice place, although it is raining a little more than Majorca!"

Swansea finished 11th in their first season in the Premier League. Their challenge is to improve on that this season.

New Swansea City manager Michael Laudrup unveiled

The 48-year-old admitted he didn't know much about the club before accepting their offer Credit: ITV News Wales

Michael Laudrup has been officially unveiled as Swansea City's new manager at a press conference this afternoon.

The 48-year-old former Denmark international has signed a two-year contract at the Liberty Stadium following the departure of Brendan Rodgers.

Laudrup said he wouldn't be making any immediate changes Credit: ITV News Wales

He admitted he didn't know much about Swansea City and had to research the club before accepting the offer.

The former Barcelona and Real Madrid midfielder also said he wouldn't be making any changes in a hurry.

"The people I talked to were very positive (about Swansea). People said 'Michael it would be a good club for you," he said.

"I would like a new beginning, to come in and see how things are here. Change for change's sake - I don't think that is good."

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