Brendan Rodgers, who has been touted as a potential replacement for embattled Manchester United manager Ole-Gunnar Solskjaer has now come out to dismiss the speculations as ‘disrespectful’, according to the latest reports.
It was reported last weekend by The Mirror that the Leicester City gaffer had been discovered to be house-hunting in Cheshire in preparation for the Manchester United job. However, the Foxes’ boss, who is also linked to the Manchester City job after Pep Guardiola leaves, has dismissed speculations he is leaving the King Power Stadium.
“There’s two things. Firstly, it is really disrespectful to ask the question when you have a manager in place, a good manager and a good man, who is working hard at the club,” Rodgers said at a news conference.
“Secondly, I can’t really comment on it, because it is not something that is real. I am here as the Leicester City manager, proud to be here, privileged to be here and fully committed to the players, the club, the ownership. That’s about it, all the other noise around that is something we can’t control.”
Rodgers linked to former club’s eternal rivals – a thing of concern for Liverpool fans
Brendan Rodgers coached Liverpool between 2012 and 2015, leading the club to a second-place finish in that period, playing some of the best football the club witnessed since Rafa Benitez left the club.
Despite not having the best of stints at the Merseyside club, he managed to win the hearts of the fans and was highly rated for his style. Many Liverpool fans still consider him one of them, and the links to Manchester United have raised concern among that section of fans.
However, Rodgers has seemingly made his stance known on the Manchester United job a while back. Three months after he left the Liverpool job, the 49-year-old Leicester City manager was asked if he’d ever manage United.
“When you manage Liverpool, you know the Manchester United job is gone,” Rodgers replied.
Rodgers on a roll with Leicester City
Brendan Rodgers has brought back the confidence of the 2015 title-winning Leicester City side, winning the FA Cup last season – the first in the club’s history – and has guided them to two fifth-place finishes in the Premier League in the past two seasons, which earned them European football.
Leicester City is currently in 12th place in the Premier League with 15 points from 11 games, due to a lacklustre start by the Foxes. The club is picking up form, however, and look on course to replicate their past season.
Brendan Rodgers is currently committed to finishing the season with the Foxes, but it still remains to be seen whether he will be taking up the offer to replace Ole-Gunnar Solskjaer at United.
After missing out on Antonio Conte who joined Tottenham Hotspur, Manchester United might be forced to consider a move for Brendan Rodgers, should Ole Solskjaer eventually get the sack. Only time will tell what becomes of the managerial merry go-round