Later News Apr 27

Rodgers says thanks, but no thanks to replacing Mourinho at Tottenham Hotspur

It is almost as certain as day following night, or controversy following Jose Mourinho. But whenever there’s a managerial opening at one of the so-called ‘Big Six’ clubs in the English Premier League (EPL), Brendan Rodgers always somehow seems to be among the candidates linked to the job.


So naturally after the sacking of Mourinho last week, Rodgers has once again been touted as a possible applicant for the vacancy at Spurs.


WATCH: Mourinho's last interview as Spurs boss


In fact, the Leicester City boss is second-favourite with most bookmakers to take over at Spurs. And the links were only strengthened after another strong candidate, Julian Nagelsmann, was confirmed as the next Bayern Munich boss.


When asked about The Leicester City boss, however, was quick to reject the poisoned chalice chance to try his hand at breaking the curse of ‘Spursiness’.


“Tottenham is a fantastic club, it's one of the big clubs in this country, it's a huge club,” Rodgers, 48, said, presumably while trying his best to keep a straight face.


“But my focus is purely here (at Leicester). I'm at a world-class training facility, the project we're in here, we still want to develop, we still have a lot of work to do here.


“I have a great connection with the players and the board, and we have plans to keep progressing.”


Unlike Spurs, Leicester still have a chance of finishing the season with silverware, after securing their place in the FA Cup final last week with victory over Southampton. They are set to take on Thomas Tuchel’s Chelsea in the final next month.


The Foxes’ 2-1 win over Crystal Palace on Tuesday morning (SGT) also put them in the driving seat for Champions League qualification – they are currently third in the table, seven points ahead of fifth-placed West Ham.


In contrast, Spurs’ loss to Manchester City in the Carabao Cup final on Sunday means their long wait for a trophy will continue into a 14th year. They are also languishing in seventh in the EPL, a whopping nine points behind Leicester.


WATCH: Dressing room celebrations from Man City's Carabao Cup win


So there really is no good reason for Rodgers to join Spurs, unless he is secretly a sucker for pain and humiliation.


Rodgers is also well liked at his current club, with long-serving goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel praising the Northern Irishman for “restoring Leicester’s identity”.


Schmeichel, who is one of the few remaining players at the club who won the EPL title with Leicester five years ago, said: “Brendan's come in and done wonders for us, I think he's the absolute perfect manager for us at the perfect time. He came in when we needed an identity, we needed to find our feet. Who were we after this amazing title win?"


“We'd kind of been in-between a counter-attacking team and a possession team. We didn't quite know exactly what we were, and he's just given us a clear identity. He's been so clear in his messages and how he wants us to play.


“And it was exactly what we needed, so I can't praise him enough for the job he's done and is doing and hopefully for many years to come.”




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