Leicester City boss Brendan Rodgers has really impressed this season, guiding the Foxes to a lightning-fast start despite losing star defender Harry Maguire in the summer.
Could you see Brendan Rodgers at Manchester City?
Indeed, Rodgers’ side have won five out of their last seven in the league, with their latest victory making a real statement to the top six that Leicester are well in contention.
Leicester’s 9-0 hammering of Southampton at St. Mary’s undoubtedly turned many heads when it comes to Rodgers’ managerial candidacy for the Premier League’s top jobs, with impressive victories against Spurs and Newcastle also providing more evidence of the fine work Rodgers is doing at the King Power.
If the Foxes boss manages to guide his team to a top-six place, or even better, gatecrashing the Champions League qualification places, then Gary Neville insists he should be considered for the top jobs in English football – including Premier League champions Manchester City.
“If you look at what he achieved at Liverpool, then at Celtic, and what he is now doing at Leicester, we always talk about foreign coaches having philosophies and values and Rodgers improves teams, plays good football and he is quite innovative,” explained Neville in his Sky Sports column.
“You look at Manchester City appointing Pep Guardiola, you probably won’t see Rodgers’ name linked with that job because people will be thinking of someone else, but why not?
“Look at what he’s done in terms of the football he plays, the improvement he has on players and working with them on the pitch.
“People will say he hasn’t won that much silverware in England but the reality is, people speak about Mauricio Pochettino really highly but he hasn’t won silverware in England either – although I know he got to a Champions League final last season.”
While Rodgers has yet to add his first trophy in English football, he has got title-challenging experience at Liverpool – guiding a fine Reds side, which included the famous front partnership of Daniel Sturridge and Luis Suarez, to within a whisker of the Premier League crown.
Undoubtedly, his domination of the SPFL has also broadened his experience in terms of winning silverware, so could Neville be making a point?
Time will tell, but judging by the Foxes electric start to the season, the Manchester United legend could very well be on to something. Certainly, it’s a bold claim given the difference in trophy-winning stature between Rodgers and Guardiola, whether or not it pans out to be a good idea if explored.
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