Alan Rogers worked as manager in 16 countries in his career. Following his first club managerial role as head of the Philippine national football team in 1962-63, Rogers moved to South Africa where he worked for FIFA. Afterwards, he made the move to the United States where he helped launch the Chicago Spurs of the National Premier Soccer League for their lone season in 1967. He would return to coach the same club in 1970, which had been relocated and renamed the Kansas City Spurs upon joining the new North American Soccer League in 1968. Rogers arrived in Iran in 1969 for the first time and coached Paykan F.C. which was an extremely prosperous club at the time and had some of the best facilities in Iran. Rogers became champions with Paykan, following which he spent some time in America. Following his return to Iran he became coach of Persepolis F.C. in 1971 and became league champions with the club on two occasions.