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When Rodgers arrived at Leicester earlier this year, there was a mutual understanding between the two parties that still remains in place. Rodgers was seeking a way back into footballs elite. After his sacking at Liverpool, his successes at Celtic couldn’t be seen by the likes of Chelsea and United as clear evidence that he could translate the success in the SPL to the Premier League and Europe. Neil Lennon after all has had success north of the border
For Leicester on the other hand, they were only too happy to lend a hand, in exchange for Rodgers achieving the stated ambition of Vichai 6 years ago - to make Leicester a top 6 regular that competes in Europe. Such an ambition was laughed at in the media when Vichai made that announcement when Leicester won promotion to the PL in 2013. 3 years later they had won the title and were champions league quarter finalists.
Many predicted that Leicester would be back to scrapping with relegation once they lost Kante and Mahrez, that those kind of achievements were a one off. A Blackburn Rovers if you will. Fast forward 3 years from the title win and Leicester currently sit comfortably in the top 4 as the closest realistic challengers to Liverpool right now, having rebuilt the team to be better than that title winning year. Something no one in football thought could be done.
Rodgers then, will want to take advantage of the position he is in with Leicester and to get some kind of achievement on his CV to show that he is the real deal. Should he walk away now, then he’s done nothing more than propel Leicester into a promising top 4 position, only for another manager to potentially take the reigns and reap the rewards of his hard work. Rodgers wants the achievement of either a trophy or delivering top 4 (ideally both) at Leicester before thinking of moving on. Otherwise it will always be a case of ‘what if’ for him and for Leicester.
If Rodgers was going to move to Arsenal, then looking at what happened with Celtic, it would likely already be done. Such was the swiftness with how the business was concluded when Leicester swooped after Puel was disbanded with. Personally, I have no doubt the time will come for Brendan to move on, sooner than we would like. That time is at the very least summer 2020, however, depending on what he achieves here.
The big risk for Brendan is that he moves to Arsenal, a club in a total mess right now, trades a top 4 position and CL football for potentially 2 seasons of rebuilding at a club whose recruitment and board leadership is way behind Leicester’s.
A move to Arsenal right now leaves the door open for what surely is Rodgers worst nightmare - another manager cashing in on his hard work. For Rodgers on the other hand, there’s no guarantee that he would achieve the same at a club who right now have inferior players and a poor recruitment strategy. It just doesn’t make sense.
I’ve no doubt that when Rodgers delivers at Leicester he will say goodbye and take the reigns at somewhere like Chelsea (should frank falter) or even one of Europe’s top clubs. But the deal between Rodgers and Leicester isn’t complete yet and until it is, the top clubs may need to wait a few more months
Why Rodgers isn’t going to Arsenal
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