Over the weekend, there was news that Leicester City had by mutual agreement accepted that Manager Brendan Rodgers would quit the job. This is said to be done over a direct sacking from the club. Leicester have struggled this season and looked relegation ready. This is because of the lack of new recruitment and loss of leaders in the dressing room.
Rodgers have delivered as a manager for Leicester. Just like he did what was expected of him in Celtic. Though he was underachieving as a Liverpool manager. While rising through the ranks of Swansea. Therefore, Rodgers got a name, and he has titles in his name. That being from the years in Celtic and in Leicester as well.
The end of Rodgers might seem abruptly and not as soft as anyone wishes. He has seemingly built a name, but also grown stale in the club. The club has lacked investment and had lots of injuries. Still, a seasoned manager and a skilled one should be able to balance it all. However, there is only as much one man can do.
Rodgers is now a free agent and ready for hire. A man who has a results and titles. Some might question that, but he isn’t that bad. Yes, this season was the worst he has had in some respects. Leicester has really underperformed and is dangerously close to relegation. They need a quick revival to ensure another season in the Premier League.
I will not pin the whole blame on him there, as the recruitment has been lacking and the release of key players has also damaged the club. That’s all been done and was right before the season start. While the club didn’t even try to buy in new after selling vital players to competitors. Therefore, this season was bound to be tough.
Rodgers couldn’t save the sinking ship and he had no squad to help him out either. Only trusting in Maddison and Vardy was bound to fail. Vardy is aging and this should be his last season in the Premier League. Unless, he has a magical change and suddenly starts to regain his youth. Maddison can’t carry the whole midfield and the defence has lacked support after the goalie Schmeichel left for Nice. This is why I cannot just say… it’s Rodgers fault and he should carry the cross.
No, Rodgers did to the best of his abilities and wasn’t given proper tools to succeed. The club maybe worried or concerned about the FFP rules and wouldn’t dare to breach those. Still, to be in the league at this very moment. You need to adopt and recruit. There need to be continuously new blood and players who fits the bill. That hasn’t been the case and this is why Leicester also is struggling.
This is the fatigue of a club that has overachieved and was able to challenge the top four clubs. A club that has shown how to do it and become a force to reckon with. However, that doesn’t come without consequences or a price to pay. When you forget that… then the inevitable is bound to happen and it’s horrific. Especially, since it’s not that long ago since you won the FA Cup and won the Premier League title. It is just mere years ago and you even reached far in European Competition. However, the club didn’t in the hey-day invest or re-structure itself. No, it hoped for the same miracle and that cheap players would become starts, yet again.
That is living on hope and Rodgers couldn’t carry that. Leicester will struggle for the rest of the 10 games. The club will have a huge battle in fighting relegation. That’s all up to the owners and the board, who didn’t support or use the needed scouts to find the right players to come instead of the ones leaving the club. Therefore, they are in trouble.
Rodgers will find a new home. He isn’t totally stained by this, and his reputation isn’t in tatters. Yes, this is a bad record this season. Nevertheless, his still proven the other years that is a capable and a manager who can get results. That must count for something. Peace.