Now at Celtic, the Northern Irish coach is slowly but surely rebuilding his reputation in Scotland
Brendan Rodgers has revealed how he was rushed to hospital shortly after being sacked by Liverpool.
In October 2015, Rodgers was dismissed after a 1-1 draw at Goodison Park with Merseyside rivals Everton.
Having led the club to the brink of the Premier League title just 18 months prior, the owners decided a change was needed at the helm.
But it transpired the Northern Irishman had needed a break long before his sacking, as his health had begun to deteriorate.
Speaking to The Coaches Voice, Rodgers revealed: “I wanted to go away and reflect on my time at Liverpool, but also to regain two elements that I believe are absolutely vital to any manager: energy, and happiness.
“No matter what you do in life, I feel that you need both. But, in particular for a football manager, and for me at that time, they were crucial. If you are energised and happy, you can do your job much better.
“It was a case of turning the engine off on football for a little while. Spending some time with my kids, doing some travelling with my wife, and then tapping back into football in the new year.
“I went to Spain for a week. Then I came back, and flew to Dubai. Within a couple of days in Dubai, I was rushed into hospital.
“I went through all the tests. It was felt that I was having some issues internally, but then they got into the process of what had happened with work, with my life. They pieced it all together, and it was simply a case of my body being so tense, so tight, from all that had happened in finishing my time at Liverpool.
“It reminded me of the pressures you experience, and the expectations you carry, as a manager. Especially at the bigger clubs. It reinforced for me that it was time to find a calmness, to re-energise and make sure I was genuinely ready for the next challenge.”
Now at Celtic, Rodgers has re-established himself as one of the brightest coaches in British football after leading the Bhoys to back-to-back Scottish Premiership titles playing an attractive brand of football.
Despite being linked with a return to Premier League management, the 45-year-old is adamant there is still work to be done at Parkhead.
“What is vitally important in your next job, I believe, is that you win,” he continued. “And that you win in the best way you can.
“I saw that in Celtic. I saw the opportunity to win, but a chance to bring my ideas into another iconic club. There would still be big pressure: 60-odd thousand fans every other week, and a worldwide fanbase.
“The club was in a winning cycle, I knew that. But my idea was to make them win better. To bring in an idea and a philosophy of football that excited the supporters, regenerated the club and its enthusiasm.”
With Rangers mounting a genuine title challenge, the former Liverpool boss knows just how crucial it is for the fans and the supporters that victory and progression in the Champions League becomes the primary aim for the club.
Rodgers added: ” In modern football, managers get virtually no time. Your first steps are vitally important, and I knew we had to produce in the players a mental fitness that would get us into the Champions League. We didn’t have time to work with the football idea.
“I had to find a mindset to get us through, and thankfully we did that. It was great for the club to be back in the Champions League again, to bring the big nights to Celtic Park.”