Not the man I wanted (Rafa notwithstanding). I prefered Martinez out of the pair, but it is important to say that these were preferences. Favouring one man over another does not mean I think Rodgers is shite.
In truth I'm not sold, but not in a hate the guy way and not in a waiting for him to fail way. I'm not sold because aside from one season at Swansea, I have no real idea of what to expect from the guy.
In 2004 I had no idea of what to expect from Benitez, but I was content to see what he could do and be a bit patient. I decided to judge him on his actions and not on what a fan might tell me or an article might say, because the truth is that whoever comes into any job, no matter how good (or poor) on paper, you just never know how it is going to work out.
So I am more than content to give Rodgers the same accord. In fact it kind of feels like it did back in 2004. Like we're stepping into a void which could contain something brand new. Not bootroom handing to bootroom, or Roy handing on to Houllier, but a total change.
I feel a tinge of optimism, but am as always tempered by pragmatism.
Whatever happens, it will be an interesting ride.