Hammond: Brendan bowled the Reading board overBy Nick Ive
June 10, 2009
Nick Hammond believes new Reading boss Brendan Rodgers is more than capable of handling the pressure.
Rodgers succeeded Steve Coppell as boss at Madejski Stadium, even though he is just 36 years old.
Despite his lack of experience Rodgers proved to be the “outstanding” candidate.
The Northern Irishman started his coaching career at Reading and was then headhunted by former Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho where he worked as both youth-team and reserve-team manager.
He then made the step up to first-team boss last November, taking over the reins at Watford.
Rodgers made an instant impact, guiding the Hornets away from relegation to finish 13th in the table.
The brief at Reading, though, is very different than at Vicarage Road as Rodgers’ aim is to gain promotion.
But Hammond told the Post: “There is a different pressure.
“It is a big challenge, but he’s a guy who has worked in the Academy and then had the opportunity to go to Chelsea, which was a big challenge.
“He then went to Watford which was a massive challenge. Every time he has been challenged he’s embraced it and that is the appealing thing.
“Yes, he is young and he admitted he has made mistakes, but you learn from them."
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