City of Swansea deserves promotion - Brendan Rodgers
Championship play-off final - Reading v Swansea City
- Wembley Stadium
- Monday, 30 May
- 1500 BST
- Live commentary on BBC Radio 5 live, BBC Radio Wales, BBC Radio Cymru & online, live text commentary online. Live on Sky Sports 1
Boss Brendan Rodgers says he wants to repay the warm welcome afforded to him by the people of Swansea by securing promotion to the Premier League.
Rodgers was appointed Paulo Sousa's successor last July.
Victory over Reading in the Championship play-off final at Wembley on Monday will secure promotion to the Premier League.
"How I've been received here, myself and my family, has been incredible," Rodgers said.
"I'd love nothing more [than] to give the city, to give the people of south Wales that opportunity to prosper.
"But that only comes at the end of a good performance and the result. That's the only thing that I can, along with the players, take care of.
"There certainly won't be a club and a city of people that will deserve it any more.
"When I came here, after a couple of weeks I had people coming to me thanking me for choosing to come here, when really I should have been thanking them for the welcome they had given me and for the opportunity.
"That also makes me even more driven to repay them for that faith and that kindness they've shown me."
Rodgers arrived in south Wales last July after a spell out of the game following an ill-fated spell in charge at Reading.
He had left his job as manager of Watford in June 2009 to rejoin a club where he had previously been a player and youth team manager.
But Rodgers says he bears no grudges against the Royals despite his sudden dismissal in December 2009.
"What I tried to bring to the football club was creative, attacking football built around possession [which] was going to take time," said Rodgers.
"Unfortunately I didn't get that time but I bear no animosity. It was a fantastic club for me and they gave me a start. I've got no ill-feeling whatsoever.
"Now they are the club I have to try and stop getting there [the Premier League] and my professional mentality means that I want to do everything to win the game.
"I obviously have a professional duty here as the manager of Swansea to focus on that game."
Rodgers acknowledges the match at Wembley will be the biggest moment of his managerial career.
"My coaching and career has been fantastic and this will certainly be the biggest game," said Rodgers.
"I've really enjoyed the big games I've been involved in as a manager. This season has certainly been filled with lots of great moments.
"It's a great occasion to be involved in, we're excited and looking forward to it. This is a great, great chance for us.
"I think it will be an exciting game and we're obviously looking forward to getting onto the field and using the big spaces that is exactly the same size as the Liberty."