SWANSEA City may find themselves on the hunt for a new manager if Liverpool firm up their interest in Brendan Rodgers.
Swansea’s bright young boss is understood to be on the radar at Anfield following the sacking of Kenny Dalglish earlier this week.
The good news for Swansea’s followers is that at this stage, he appears to be one of a number of contenders.
The bad news, however, is that if Liverpool decide they want Rodgers, he will struggle to turn them down.
Swansea’s manager is keeping a low profile right now, not because of the latest round of speculation about his future but because he wants time to unwind at the end of an exhausting Premier League campaign.
Swansea’s supporters should not panic, therefore, if Rodgers does not come out and distance himself from Liverpool any time soon.
But there will be cause for concern if the Anfield giants make a serious move to snatch the Swansea manager.
Depending on who you believe, Rodgers is either the No. 1 target for Liverpool’s owners or one of the leading contenders.
A whole host of names have been linked after Dalglish’s departure, with Andre Villas-Boas the favourite with the majority of bookmakers last night ahead of Roberto Martinez and Rodgers.
Also high in the betting are ex-Reds boss Rafael Benitez, Fabio Capello, Frank Rijkaard, Didier Deschamps and Borussia Dortmund’s Jurgen Klopp.
Then come the likes of Martin O’Neill and Paul Lambert, and even Jose Mourinho.
It is quite a field, as you would expect given that one of the top jobs in English football up for grabs.
Liverpool may have struggled to compete with the likes of Manchester United and Chelsea in recent years, but they remain one of the game’s heavyweight clubs.
And therein lies the problem for Swansea should the Merseysiders decide that Rodgers is the man they want.
Liverpool have a sparkling history, they have a creaking trophy cabinet and they have followers all over the world.
They will be playing European football next year and they have some of the most gifted footballers in the Premier League on their books. And, of course, they would be prepared to reward their manager with a salary which would dwarf what Rodgers gets paid in SA1.
Swansea may have beaten Liverpool only last weekend, but while the former club are still searching for top-flight foundations, the latter outfit are a pillar of the Premier League.
Hence Rodgers would find them hard to turn down.
The frustration for Swansea’s board of directors is that the latest round of speculation comes only a couple of weeks after persistent stories linking with Tottenham died a death. Huw Jenkins recently conceded that Swansea will have to get used to the rumours, for there are bound to be links when the club are winning so many admirers.
When managers or players do well at one club, they get linked with others higher up the food chain.
That is the way it is.
Rodgers would have been sorely tempted by Spurs, and he would surely have his head turned by Liverpool.
At least the stories mentioning him as a contender for the Aston Villa job should not worry Swansea fans.
Rodgers would only leave these parts should one of the real big guns come calling and, for all their qualities, Villa do not fall into that category right now.
Swansea breathed a sigh of relief when England’s decision to appoint Roy Hodgson rather than Harry Redknapp meant the no vacancy sign went up at White Hart Lane.
And they will rest easy once more if and when Liverpool appoint a new boss whose name is not Rodgers.