John Hartson has told Football FanCast that he believes Brendan Rodgers would take the job at Tottenham Hotspur if it were ever to become available.
The pressure appears to be building on Mauricio Pochettino as a number of issues are currently appearing to upset the apple cart in north London, which has led to speculation about the Argentine’s future at the club, although they have moved swiftly to state it is ‘business as usual‘.
Results have not been good enough as Spurs appear to be finding it difficult to pick up momentum, while off-field issues are starting to rear their ugly head and become a nasty problem for the manager to try and have to deal with.
With that pressure mounting, pundits up and down the country are starting to have their say on who could potentially replace the South American, with Hartson seeing Leicester City boss Rodgers as a prime candidate and a man who would not refuse the opportunity to do so if it presented itself.
“If he [Brendan] was offered the job he’d take it. He’s shown that he’s not the most loyal manager. He signed a three-year contract at Swansea and then left for Liverpool,” Hartson told Football FanCast.
“And then he does exceptionally well at Celtic and walks out the side door and leaves the club. There’s no loyalty in football and the managers are the same as the players. If a manager gets offered a better job they’re gonna take it.
“There’s no room for sentiment in football. It’s dog-eat-dog. This loyalty word doesn’t exist in football. We’ve seen before that that is what he does.”
Indeed, it is not difficult to understand why Hartson would believe Rodgers would have no trouble turning it down, while there is perhaps an argument that the current Leicester manager could be an ideal replacement for Pochettino, should the Argentine leave.
Although he only joined the King Power Stadium outfit earlier in the year following Claude Puel’s dismissal, the Northern Irishman has the pedigree and calibre to manage in the division and be rather successful, despite not winning a major honour in England yet (TransferMarkt).
The 46-year-old was rather successful with what he had during his time at Swansea City in the Premier League as he managed to achieve 12 wins in his 38 matches in charge of the Swans in the top flight before being poached by Liverpool.
At Anfield, Rodgers managed 63 wins out of 122 matches as he almost brought the title back to Merseyside for the first time since the inception of the Premier League.
While he was hugely successful in Scotland with Celtic (winning a number of trophies), he was lured back to England’s top flight by Leicester and has only lost four games so far as he looks to break into the top six with the Foxes.
Hartson’s comments may be a little blunt, but there is an element of truth to them when it comes down to loyalty and Rodgers’ previous actions. If the Northern Irishman were ever to be considered for the job, it would not be a surprise to see him take it in the future.
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