BRENDAN RODGERS is on Leicester City’s managerial wish-list, according to today’s newspaper reports.
Current Foxes gaffer Claude Puel is under mounting pressure following a run of poor results.
Defeat to Wolves at the weekend is likely to bring down the curtain on the Frenchman’s 15-month reign at the King Power Stadium.
The team were knocked out of the FA Cup by Newport last week which was followed by a home defeat against 10-man Southampton. Another loss is likely to have devastating consequences for Puel.
The report alleges advisers close to new chairman Aiyawatt Srivaddhanaprabha, who succeeded his father Vichai who died along with four others in the tragic helicopter crash outside the stadium in October, have indicated Rodgers is their priority target if – or when – the axe falls on the former Southampton manager who has also coached Monaco, Lille, Lyon and Nice in his homeland.
The Celtic chief, of course, has steadfastly refused to discuss such speculation in the past while insisting he is in his dream job.
Rodgers maintained a dignified silence when the Arsenal job became vacant following Arsene Wenger’s move from the Emirates hot seat after 22 years.
Once again, according to sources across the border, he had been a target before the job went to Unai Emery, the former Sevilla and Paris Saint-Germain Head Coach.
After seven successive trophies in his historic two-and-a-half years in Glasgow, it is inevitable Rodgers will be mentioned when posts become vacant – or another team boss is on the brink of his P45.
He has previously managed at Swansea and Liverpool and is likely to believe he still has a job to do at his boyhood favourites with the club aiming for an eighth Premiership crown in a row and also the possibility of an unprecedented treble treble.
The Betfred League Cup is already in the trophy cabinet, the team sit top of the league with a game in hand and start the defence of their Scottish Cup against League One Airdrie at Parkhead on Saturday evening.