Brendan Rodgers can be top-four manager, says Neil Taylor

Brendan Rodgers

Swansea defender Neil Taylor believes Brendan Rodgers has the ability to manage one of the Premier League's top clubs in the future.

Rodgers is a leading contender to replace Harry Redknapp should the Tottenham Hotspur boss become the next England manager.

"He's going to get linked with these clubs," said Taylor.

Rodgers revealed he has a buy-out clause in the new three-and-a-half year deal he signed in February.

It is believed to be worth £4m, and Taylor added: "I think he will be a top-four manager at some point in his career.

"It's up to him and up to however football pans it out for him. He's definitely got a bright future."

Rodgers succeeded Paulo Sousa as Swansea manager in 2010 following brief spells in charge at Watford and Reading.

In his first season at the helm Rodgers inspired Swansea to promotion to the Premier League following a Championship play-off final win over Reading at Wembley.

The 39-year-old has guided Swansea to top-flight survival in their debut Premier League season, playing attractive football.

Swansea chairman Huw Jenkins has conceded they are braced for rival Premier League clubs enquiring about the highly-rated Northern Irishman.

Rodgers insists he is happy at the club and believes his challenge lies in establishing the Swans as a Premier League side.

But Wales manager Chris Coleman, a former Swansea City defender, also believes Rodgers is destined to manage at a bigger club at some point in his career.

"He can manage at a bigger club, no disrespect to Swansea City," said Coleman.

"It's because of the way Swansea City play and a lot of the top clubs play like that where they have a lot of possession.

"He's bound to be linked with top clubs but I hope he doesn't go just yet. He's done a terrific job already at Swansea City."

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