Speaking to Football Insider, pundit and BBC regular Noel Whelan has reacted to claims that Leicester City boss Brendan Rodgers is the ‘leading contender‘ to succeed Jose Mourinho if he is sacked by Tottenham.
Indeed, a recent report from the same outlet details that Rodgers was chairman Daniel Levy’s ‘preferred choice‘ nine years ago before Andre Villas-Boas succeeded Harry Redknapp – with Whelan wowed by the Northern Irishman’s job at Leicester.
While he believes that Spurs could be a ‘very tempting offer’ for Rodgers amid this alleged interest, the BBC pundit also says it would be ‘very hard’ to persuade him due to leave for Tottenham due the Foxes’ high-flying status.
Whelan reacts as Rodgers linked to Spurs
“It’s a very tempting offer. As a manager and a player, you’re always looking for that next chapter, that next challenge,” he explained to Football Insider.
“Brendan Rodgers has assembled such a great team there, organised and great to watch. They’re great going forward and there’s excitement in that midfield area generated by Barnes and Maddison.
“It really is a joy to watch Leicester these days and that is down to the manager, his tactics and the way he likes to set up his players.
“He’s still got a job to finish. I don’t think he’ll be thinking about anything else but the next game. It would be very hard to persuade him to go to Spurs because he’s got backup from the board, they’ve got great facilities and fantastic players.”
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Mourinho is facing pressure due to a recent poor run of form in the Premier League, but a potential respite could be three winnable fixtures coming up in Burnley, Fulham and Crystal Palace before the all-important north London derby.
Rodgers would be a good appointment for Spurs in the event Mourinho is dismissed, with the former Celtic boss lauded as an ‘elite manager’ by Robbie Savage for his job at the King Power Stadium (BT Sport via the Daily Mail).
For now, however, Tottenham fans will be hoping Mourinho can turn things around and justify Levy’s backing.
In other news: Tottenham have joined the race for this ‘leader’, find out more here.
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