Legendary Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson sent Brendan Rodgers a letter shortly after his sacking at Reading, as reported by the Daily Star.
Rodgers was appointed by Reading after he departed Chelsea, giving him his first job as a manager in football.
He failed to impress with the Royals, however, with the players failing to adapt to his style of football.
As a result, he was ousted from the post after only six months before being replaced by former Leeds United manager Brian McDermott.
Despite the initial setback, Rodgers moved to Swansea City, where he had unprecedented success with the Welsh club.
The Liberty Stadium club went on to storm the Championship after he replaced Paulo Sousa, gaining promotion to the Premier League.
An impressive season with the Swans in the Premier League saw Rodgers catch the eye of Liverpool owner John W Henry, who appointed him to replace Kenny Dalglish.
Despite this, Rodgers has not forgotten the letter Ferguson sent him, saying: “Yes, he wrote to me there. He’s done that with a lot of managers that were either out of work or sacked.
“He was a symbol of, I suppose, the managers’ union.
“I obviously highly respect Alex in what he has done in transforming Manchester United as a club.”