Leicester manager Brendan Rodgers has been linked with the managerial positions at Arsenal and Manchester United after making a strong start to the season with the Foxes. Those jobs are currently occupied by Unai Emery and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer respectively, however, both are under pressure to hold onto their positions.
Rodgers moved to Leicester from Celtic back in February and since then he has made incredible progress at the club. He won the treble in his first two seasons with the Scottish Premier League team, and he was on course for a treble of trebles before he left Celtic Park.
Leicester finished ninth in the Premier League table last season, which was a respectable position for the former title winners. But Rodgers put his own spin on the squad during the summer transfer window to try and improve on that campaign, bringing in Ayoze Perez from Newcastle, while he made Youri Tielemans’ deal permanent by paying Monaco £40 million.
Leicester have a real chance of breaking into the top four this season and qualifying for the Champions League. The ‘Big 6’ in the league have dominated those placings for the last few years but they will be very concerned with the threat that the Foxes pose this year.
Results over the last few weeks suggest Rodgers’ side have the quality to remain at the top end of the table. They hammered Southampton 9-0 at St Mary’s in one of the most emphatic scorelines in Premier League history, and they followed that up with a 2-0 win over Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park.
The aim for Leicester this season would have been to either finish in the top six in the Premier League or to win a trophy. They are in the quarter-final of the Carabao Cup, where they have a home tie with Everton to looking forward to, while they will come into the draw for the FA Cup in the third round and they are 16/1 in the FA Cup betting this season. Therefore, they are in a strong position to achieve at least one of those aims.
If Rodgers does choose to leave Leicester for one of the traditional top six clubs in the Premier League, it will be his second opportunity with one of those teams. The Northern Irishman managed Liverpool between 2012 and 2015. He guided the Merseyside club to the runners-up spot in the 2013-14 campaign. Unfortunately for him, he was sacked in October 2015 following a 1-1 draw with Everton.
Since that dismissal, Rodgers has done a great job of restoring his reputation as one of the brightest coaches in the game today. With Arsenal and Manchester United both lacking an identity at the moment, they may see the 46-year-old as the perfect man to put confidence in to restore success as their club.
For now, Rodgers’ focus will be on Leicester and even if an approach is made for his services, he may decide to stay at the King Power Stadium. Either way, Rodgers’ future is positive and he can set his sights as high as he wants to if he keeps getting positive results in the style he is doing with Leicester.
Published by James Howart