Brendan Rodgers watched his side fall to a 6-2 defeat at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. Leicester City now sit bottom of the Premier League without a win in seven games.
We’ve taken a look at how well Brendan Rodgers has done in the East Midlands and who may replace him if he’s shown the exit door.
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Brendan Rodgers took over from Claude Puel at the King Power Stadium after six games without a win. Despite starting his tenure with defeat against Watford, Rodgers would lead the Foxes to a respectable ninth-placed finish in the 2018-19 season.
Back-to-back fifth placed finishes would follow with Leicester narrowly missing out on a return to Champions League football. Rodgers guided the East Midlands outfit through two European campaigns with mixed results.
However, Rodgers’ highlight of his time at Leicester and arguably his entire managerial career was defeating Chelsea in the 2021 FA Cup final. This would be the first time Leicester won the FA Cup in their entire history.
What's going on at Leicester?
Leicester City’s 6-2 defeat against Tottenham Hotspur follows a string of disappointing results. Most notably a 5-2 defeat against Brighton. This leaves the Foxes rock bottom of the Premier League, winless and with only one point from seven games.
The club had an alarming lack of transfer activity in the summer which began to raise questions of the team before a ball was kicked. Experienced goalkeeper and Premier League winner Kasper Schmeichel departed for Nice whilst young star defender Wesley Fofana was sold for a giant price tag to Chelsea.
The only major signing the club made was Wout Faes for a fraction of the price Fofana was sold for. Veteran goalkeeper Alex Smithies was also signed as a free-agent as cover for Danny Ward.
Is Rodgers the problem?
Rodgers has expressed his frustration with the club’s lack of transfer activity. However, sustainability has been the word used to justify the current transfer strategy from the Leicester board. Chairman Aiyawatt Srivaddhanaprabha has emphasised that after a period of spending, the club needs to cut back to comply with UEFA’s Financial Fair Play regulations.
The current Brentford manager, Thomas Frank, is idolised in London. The Dane has propelled the club to their first ever promotion into the Premier League and has managed to keep them there.
Not relying on big spending or archaic tactics, the modern approach Frank has taken to recruitment and on-the-pitch matters has been a breath of fresh air in the English game.
Whilst there is no doubt the Leicester job would be a step up for Frank, it may not be enough of a climb to warrant walking away from a club he is thriving at.
The manager who is seemingly linked with every available job in the top two tiers of English football. Sean Dyche was sacked from Burnley before there relegation back to the Championship last year, but the poor form has not scuppered the shine on Dyche’s star.
The former Burnley boss won two promotions to Premier League and managed to keep the small spending Clarets in the top division for seven seasons. This included taking the Lancashire club into Europe following a sixth-placed finish in 2018.
With a proven track record of grinding out results in the Premier League on a shoestring budget. This could be the perfect appointment for the direction Leicester want to go.
A manager that has coached at the highest level, it would be hard to find the former Spurs boss a club which boasts the same talent he had at his disposal in Paris.
Failure to perform in the Champions League is what ultimately cost Mauricio Pochettino his job at PSG, a competition he would not need to worry about in the East Midlands.
Before reaching the lofty heights of PSG and Tottenham, Pochettino was no stranger to relegation battles and small budgets. Plying his trade with Espanyol in La Liga, he moved to newly promoted Southampton. This is where he took an unassuming Saints to an eight-placed finish. Enough to earn him the aforementioned Spurs job.
Would Pochettino see Leicester as a step in the right direction? Probably not. However, any Premier League job is a lucrative option for a manager in this market and the Leicester job could be perfect to rehabilitate the Argentine’s suffering reputation.