Newcastle fans breathe sigh of relief as Leicester given permission to speak to Brendan Rodgers
Brendan Rodgers is set to be named the new manager of Leicester City.
Newcastle fans breathing a sense of relief that speculation wouldn’t be ongoing to the summer that the Foxes were waiting for Rafa Benitez to be out of contract.
Sky Sports reported after Claude Puel’s dismissal on Sunday, that Leicester had drawn up a shortlist of Brendan Rodgers, Rafa Benitez and Roberto Martinez. With claims the club could appoint a temporary person in charge for the final 11 games, allowing them to get their preferred choice in the summer.
Who knows what goes on behind the scenes in terms of conversations with potential interested parties but things have quickly escalated.
BBC Sport revealing on Tuesday morning that Celtic have given Leicester City permission to speak to Brendan Rodgers.
Most bookies have stopped taking bets but the couple who are still offering odds, have Brendan Rodgers 1/33 long odds on (Rafa Benitez is 50/1).
It was a big surprise when Brendan Rodgers stepped down as low as the Scottish Premier League after being dismissed by Liverpool, as not many then come back into decent jobs in England.
Brendan Rodgers though hitting lucky seemingly with Leicester offering him this route back, at a club with decent resources and ambitious owners.
Newcastle fans of course waiting to see what Mike Ashley will do, if anything, to try and convince Rafa Benitez to stay beyond this season.
Though with Rafa wanting to stay in England, close to his family home, you are always wondering exactly which other clubs would interest the Spaniard, if the obvious six at the top wouldn’t be possibilities.
‘Brendan Rodgers is expected to become Leicester City’s manager after Celtic gave him permission to speak to the Premier League club.
The Foxes are keen to install a successor to the sacked Claude Puel as soon as possible.
First-team coach John Kennedy is set to take charge of Celtic for Wednesday’s Scottish Premiership trip to Hearts.
“Brendan has indicated that this is an opportunity he wishes to investigate further,” Celtic said in a statement.
Former Liverpool boss Rodgers cut short a BBC interview when asked about the Leicester vacancy after the champions’ win over Motherwell on Sunday.
They are eight points clear of nearest rivals Rangers in the league as they chase an eighth successive title.
Rodgers has won two Scottish Premierships, three Scottish League Cups and two Scottish Cups since arriving at Parkhead in the summer of 2016.
They reached the group stages of the Champions League in his first two seasons, but were knocked out in the third qualifying round by AEK Athens this term amid unrest between Rodgers and the Celtic board over a failure to strengthen the squad last summer.
Last week, they bowed out of the Europa League at the last-32 stage for the second successive season, losing to Valencia.’
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