Rodgers inadvertently patronises Leicester fans again

Manager Brendan Rodgers of Leicester City (Photo by Sebastian Frej/MB Media/Getty Images)
Manager Brendan Rodgers of Leicester City (Photo by Sebastian Frej/MB Media/Getty Images) /
Leicester City
Manager Brendan Rodgers of Leicester City (Photo by Sebastian Frej/MB Media/Getty Images) /

Leicester City manager Brendan Rodgers has once again, possibly inadvertently, patronised the Foxes supporters as they prepare to face Midlands rivals Nottingham Forest.

We are on the precipice of knowing Rodgers’ Leicester fate, as well as the extent of the Foxes team’s problems. Issues which are unavoidably proliferate, at present. Many LCFC supporters consider the former Liverpool manager a big part of the difficulties. No, sorry, the origin it!

Avoidable matters like strengthening defensive set-pieces by switching tactics have been ignored. In that instance it is as if the Northern Irishman believes he knows better than everyone else watching, all the time his side is perhaps the most penetrable ever known to the Premier League. Whilst Rodgers’ tactics, systems and game plans figuratively burn, he seems to be toasting marshmallows on the fire. This indefensible stubbornness and supercilious behaviour has not gone unnoticed by the Blue Army, I can assure you of that.

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Brendan Rodgers inadvertently patronises Leicester City fans again

Continuing in his tradition of perceived low-key arrogance, Rodgers sent a message to the Leicester support ahead of their most important, must win game in ages. While talking like he is a Primary School teacher – may I also suggest a switch of profession for ‘BR’ at this juncture – the boss of the east Midlands club requested that fans ‘not look for the negative‘ when the derby gets underway on Monday evening.

Well Brendan, me old mucker, looking for the negative hasn’t been that hard of late. In actuality, it is there every time we watch the XI under your leadership at this stage. The negativity smacks us Foxes in the face as soon as we wake up, whenever we look at the Premier League table, go onto social media and when anybody reminds us of the terrible situation we are already in this season!

Essentially Rodgers is asking the King Power crowd to get behind Leicester through such positivity as clapping and signing, even if City go behind in the game. This is quite understandable and to be expected. Yet the condescending manner in which the appeal was made is a real turn off. Paying spectators will give their opinion, regardless – and rightly so. Maybe this air was inadvertent, but can often be interpreted as repellent.

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This isn’t the first time the ex-Swansea gaffer has been accused of being arrogant by supporters from Leicestershire. After a disappointing performance almost a year ago – the decline had begun by then – Rodgers criticised fans for booing and subsequently received a backlash.