Why Franck Haise is ideal to replace Brendan Rodgers at Leicester

Lens' French head coach Franck Haise (Photo by FRED TANNEAU/AFP via Getty Images)
Lens' French head coach Franck Haise (Photo by FRED TANNEAU/AFP via Getty Images) /
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Even the most positive Foxes fans cannot hide the reality any longer, Leicester City are a club in crisis and are in danger of relegation. We already summed up the issues at the club in a recent article but perhaps the biggest problem for many fans is the persistent faith shown to manager Brendan Rodgers. Often the main argument for not sacking Rodgers is ‘who are we going to get in as a replacement’. Fortunately, with the help of football guru Euroexpert, FoL has an answer.

Who is Franck Haise?

Franck Haise is a 51-year-old French manager, currently at RC Lens. He enjoyed a modest playing career in the lower levels of French football, before taking up coaching after his retirement in 2004. Haise only took up the Lens job in 2020 just before the coronavirus pandemic brought the world to a halt. Therefore, he was only able to manage two games until French football was completely suspended. Both of these were wins, ensuring that Lens remained in second place, the same as when he took over.

Unlike the Premier League, the LFP decided to end the French league, meaning that the league table after 28 games would be the final standings. This ruling meant that Lens, who were only one point above third place, were promoted to Ligue 1. Nevertheless, Haise’s exploits in the top division proved that his side were not there to make up the numbers. In his two full seasons, he has finished seventh consecutively, playing an attractive brand of football on a much smaller budget than many teams.

This season Lens have surprised even more people interested in French football. They currently sit third in the table after 27 games. In this period they have garnered 54 points and sit three points clear of Monaco in 4th. Considering RC Lens have the 10th highest budget, this is impressive indeed. Some of the sides they are outperforming include bigger sides such as OL and Kasper Schmeichel’s Nice.