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Rodgers showing strength to stick not twist

2nd December 2019, 15:13 by Alex Jack

Brendan Rodgers has become one of the most sought-after managers in the Premier League and it’s no wonder considering his efforts at Leicester City.

Having decided he had done enough north of the border with his beloved Celtic, Rodgers decided to leap headlong back into the Premier League with the Foxes.

At the time, many questioned Rodgers’ decision to leave a Hoops side earning regular Champions League football and winning titles to move to King Power Stadium.

However, the Northern Irishman has proved his doubters wrong and in less than a full season at the East Midlands outfit, Rodgers has turned things around at the club.

Leicester are now the closest rivals to Liverpool in the Premier League title race as the Foxes came from behind to beat Marco Silva’s Everton on Sunday.

Of course, Rodgers’ efforts have not gone unnoticed at the King Power and the manager has been linked with the vacant role at Arsenal.

The 46-year-old knows what managing a massive club like Arsenal is all about, having already enjoyed a spell with Liverpool.

The Irishman almost took the Reds to the Premier League title in the 2013/14 season, only to fall short by two points to Manchester City.

If the Gunners were to push for Rodgers it would be a massive lure to take the reins in north London but it looks like the experienced tactician is ready turn down all comers to stay at Leicester.

“I have a contract here until 2022,” he told reporters on Monday. “Thus far, I know managers are losing their jobs, the club have not indicated to me that they are going to sack me. I am very happy so would have no need to look elsewhere.

“Why would I want to leave Leicester City at this time? I am working with a group of players who have so much potential. I gave an honest answer about how all managers have some sort of clause in their contracts and suddenly that seems to have thrown a door wide open.”

It would be a real statement from Rodgers, an ambitious manager, to turn to a move to the Gunners.

Arsenal might be in a bit of slump at present following the sacking of Unai Emery but they have the potential to be a real contender for future titles, if their issues at the back can be finally resolved.

It must show what faith Rodgers has in his players at Leicester that he would not entertain a move to the capital.

Rodgers has clearly settled in well to life in the East Midlands and the excitement should be growing in Leicester for what they might be able to achieve this season with the current manager at the helm.

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Alex Jack is a Yorkshireman with Scottish connections and well versed in a number of sports. A Leeds United supporter, who also enjoys both codes of rugby. Leeds Rhinos is where you can find him in the summer, while Alex is an avid supporter of Scottish rugby union.

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