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THE RODGERS FILES: PART FOUR: BRENDAN FAVOURITE AFTER PUEL AXE, SAY BOOKIES

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BRENDAN RODGERS is the bookies’ favourite to replace Claude Puel who was sacked this morning following Leicester City’s 4-1 flop at home to Crystal Palace yesterday.

The Hoops boss, who is the 1/2 betting tip, had been mentioned BEFORE the Frenchman got the axe with the Midlands oufit struggling for form during a fairly dismal campaign.

Puel, who has also managed Southampton, had won just four of 13 games at the King Power Stadium, losing seven – including the last four in succession.

He took charge of 56 Premier League matches, winning 19 and losing 24. The Leicester City hierarchy were not impressed and the chop came as no surprise.

Puel, 57, arrived at the Midlands club in October 2017, having been fired by the Saints after a single season on the south coast.

He replaced Craig Shakespeare, who had taken over from championship-winning Claudio Ranieri. After a poor start to the season, Puel steadied the ship and eventually led the side to a ninth place finish.

During the summer, the City gaffer was allowed to spend lavishly on the likes of former Aberdeen on-loan midfielder James Maddison, Ricardo Pereira, Rachid Ghezzal and Caglar Soyuncu.

David Wagner,¬†who received his P45 from relegation-threatened Huddersfield recently, is also on the bookies’ list as a possible replacement and is priced at 7/1.

Newcastle chief Rafa Benitez is 8/1 while both former Leicester boss Nigel Pearson, still a favourite with the club’s fans, and Burnley’s Sean Dyche are 10/1.

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