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Brendan Rodgers Leaves Celtic for Premier League Return with Leicester City

Date Added: March 02, 2019 08:21:05 PM
Author: David
Category: Teams: UEFA: England
Brendan Rodgers vowed to"give his life to the club" to make Leicester City supporters proud as he was confirmed as the Foxes' new manager. The former Celtic and Liverpool boss replaces Claude Puel in the King Power Stadium dugout following the Frenchman's sacking. Rodgers has signed a three-year deal with the East Midlands outfit.

Foxes fans were certainly proud of their team when Claudio Ranieri masterminded an against-all-odds Premier League title triumph in 2015-16. The stark reality is that was a one-off and highly unlikely to be repeated. Rodgers, however, has that exceptional recent history to try and live up to at Leicester - a lofty position the club has looked nowhere near replicating since. Ranieri, a victim of his own fairytale success, was sacked just nine months after lifting the trophy.

Craig Shakespeare and Puel never took the Foxes within touching distance of subsequent Premier League winners Chelsea and Manchester City. Glory on the pitch at the King Power turned to tragedy off it earlier this season when late Foxes owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha died in a helicopter crash.

Northern Irish manager Rodgers, who established himself by getting Welsh club Swansea City into and then established in the Premier League for the first time, won seven domestic trophies in Scottish football during two-and-a-half seasons with Glasgow giants Celtic. He's now been lured away from being a big fish in that small pond by the prospect of Premier League football. Under the current ownership, Leicester have always been a club that has always backed its boss with funds.

Rodgers watched from the stands as his new side beat Brighton 2-1 and ended their poor recent home form. The Foxes were tipped to win by betting pros on social platform betconnect, and now that the players have responded to Puel's departure with victory, punters will be keeping an eye on football tips of the day involving Leicester.

While they didn't keep a clean sheet for incoming boss Rodgers under caretaker duo Mike Stowell and Adam Sadler, the Foxes scored with two of their three shots on target. That is pretty clinical and victory over Brighton moved them 11 points clear of the relegation zone.

Goals for Demarai Gray, a winger who is a similar age to Rodgers acolyte Scott Sinclair when he first flourished at Swansea, and Jamie Vardy will have pleased the new manager. Assists from Youri Tielemans and James Maddison, two very different types of midfielder, are also a plus.

Belgium international Tielemans, on loan from Monaco, is effective from deep, while England cap Maddison is more attacking and one of a number of exciting young players with big potential for Rodgers to work with at Leicester. Getting the likes of him, fellow midfielder Harvey Barnes, left-back Ben Chilwell and others to fulfil their early promise is part of his managerial brief.

Bookmakers reacted to Rodgers' appointment by slashing the odds on the Foxes making a top-ten finish in the Premier League to 10/11. That is the bare minimum requirement and a highly achievable first target for his Leicester tenure.

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