Danny Ward reflects on Brendan Rodgers’ impact at Leicester City

Danny Ward has spoken about the impact that Brendan Rodgers has made since arriving at Leicester City.

The Irishman took over a massive mess from Claude Puel towards the latter half of last season, and the wonders that he has worked since have been no less than a miracle.

Of course, the squad that he inherited was one of the finest in the Premier League; however, he had a lot of work to do in terms of the footballing philosophy, the system and the mentality of the players.

Another major issue had been the number of underperformers at the club. In a matter of weeks, though, he had them out of their shells and performing at the expected level.

“He brought a refreshing atmosphere to the club at a time when we really needed it,” Ward said.

“It didn’t pan out too well under the previous manager which was a shame, but that’s football.

“Brendan’s come in with his staff and introduced a new way of playing, which we’ve all bought in to. I think he helped to bring a lot of lads out of their shells as well, giving them confidence and belief.”

When the fans kept demanding Puel to build a squad with a view to finish in the top six, there was no shortage of those who thought – Puel included – that such hopes were unrealistic.

In came Rodgers and he had every single player aiming big, every single player punching above his weight, and every single player hell-bent on getting Leicester to Europe for only the second time in club’s history.

In all probability, if the season is completed, then the Foxes will indeed be playing in the UEFA Champions League next season.

They have easily been the third best team in the league even with their recent drop in form taken into account.

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Now all we need is for the normal order to be restored and for the world, not just football, to be back to business.

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