Brendan Rodgers’ TV interview after Leicester’s game yesterday opened some old wounds. The contents of your employment contract are only confirmed to journalists when you want to advertise those contents, otherwise a simple “my contract is a private matter” would be offered.
Instead, when Brendan was asked if he had a release clause at Leicester he replied: “There probably is in most manager’s contracts.
“It’s all hypothetical these types of situations.”
Whether he moves to Arsenal or not, we know how this movie plays out. He courted a move from Celtic for the best part of a year before he gave the nod to Leicester and he is following the same path now. The problems he cost Celtic when he first made his intentions clear, in August 2018, led to chronic distractions with Dedryck Boyata and Moussa Dembele. Results on the field suffered for months.
Arsenal are the biggest club in London, which is the wealthiest city on the football map. They have the raw materials to outshine anyone in the game – they should be competing for top talent with Real Madrid and Barcelona. From a career perspective, it represents a great opportunity to any manager who wants to reach the top in the game.
He has been a phenomenal success at Leicester and they will want to keep him more than anything else right now, but this may prove to be a watershed moment. Once a manager starts to work his ticket it is very difficult for a club to prosper. They would be better off with a clean and early break. The only thing to keep him at Leicester is loyalty, so on that basis, he will jump at the chance if Arsenal match that release clause. Maybe in a few months, Leicester will realise they benefited from his arrival and his departure, just as Celtic did.