Former Leicester City manager’s verdict on Brendan Rodgers’ Foxes

Martin O'Neill at Leicester City (Photo by Matthew Lewis/Getty Images)
Martin O'Neill at Leicester City (Photo by Matthew Lewis/Getty Images) /

Former Leicester City manager Martin O’Neill has given an appraisal of Brendan Rodgers’ first full season with the Foxes.

If you’re not old enough to have experienced Martin O’Neill’s incredible Leicester City team live, then let me assure you – you missed something special. Sorry, but it’s the truth. I had a season ticket for three years just before the the turn of the millennium with my Father and it was a very exciting time for the Foxes.

During that successful, entertaining period for the East Midlands outfit O’Neill guided the club to two League Cup trophies and Premier League stability. All revolving around keen tactics, interesting personas and a will to succeed beyond expectations.

Upon leaving Leicester City, the Northern Irishman subsequently did very well with Celtic, and whilst managing the Republic of Ireland. Not to mention a fairly understated but extremely insightful career as a football pundit on television.

Martin O’Neill on current Leicester City

These elements combine to place the wise ex-boss in a uniquely rare position to assess the quality and promise of the modern Leicester City side, and its chief Brendan Rodgers. Rodgers and O’Neill have quite a few aspects of their respective careers and lives in common, also adding to O’Neill’s perceived perception: Celtic, the Foxes, coaching, countrymen.

The one-time Irish chief has now spoken on current City boss Rodgers, saying per GOAL that he believes Leicester will qualify for the Champions League. Not to mention complimenting the team on its brand of football, for which the 68-year-old gives credit to his compatriot. O’Neill also proclaims them astute in the transfer market, as well as a force to be reckoned with.

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In other news, premiership bosses are presently discussing a return to contact training; clubs will vote on the issue on Wednesday. Along with another Thursday meeting to decide details on how to finally complete 2019/20.