Taylor: Swans do fear losing miracle worker Rodgers
Published 22:29 02/04/12 By Mike Walters
Neil Taylor admits Swansea players fear manager Brendan Rodgers will be poached by a big club this summer.
Rodgers is favourite to be voted manager of the year by his peers - and he is on Tottenham's radar as a possible replacement if Harry Redknapp answers England's call.
Full-back Taylor believes Rodgers has attracted the attention of big clubs because Swansea arrived in the Premier League billed as entertainers like Blackpool... but they have won nationwide acclaim for playing like Barcelona.
Taylor said: "Listen, we are at a football club where if you do well you are going to get linked with places. That's the way it is - Tottenham are a top-four club and if they are going to come and poach from lower down the scale, they have to pay their money for it.
"But he (Rodgers) has done great and that's the reason he will get linked. Everyone is chuffed for him, but obviously we are hoping that we can hang on to him.
"It hasn't affected the boys, the manager, the club. We have just carried on how we are.
"He is a brilliant man-manager. People talk about how good Harry Redknapp is at getting the best out of players, but Brendan has done it with our boys - and he has done it on a minimal budget.
"I don't think you have ever seen a team come up from the Championship and try to play the way we have done in the Premier League for years.
"People compared us to Blackpool at the start of the season and now they are comparing us to Barcelona, so there is a bit of a difference there! I think it's the way we have done it that the people are impressed with and we will continue to do it."
Swansea have inserted a £4m buy-out clause in Rodgers' contract at the Liberty stadium.