After one point from their last six games and having slumped into the relegation zone, Leicester City have finally made the decision to relieve Brendan Rodgers from his duties as manager of the East Midlands club.
In what felt like a longer than overdue decision, the Northern Irishman has left the club by mutual consent. Leaving City now desperately on the search for a new manager. Not only to save them from relegation in the short-term, but to also progress the club back to competing for European qualification and to be on the hunt for silverware once again.
It now becomes a difficult task of who exactly this person should be. With no replacement seemingly line up by the outfit, here is a list of potential candidates Foxes of Leicester think could be the right man to take the King Power team into a new era.
Ange Postecoglou at Leicester City?
This may feel somewhat like DeJa’Vu for City fans considering the scenario in which Rodgers himself joined the club back in February 2019. Leaving Celtic to join the Foxes are an extremely successful spell with the Scottish club as well as on the precipice of another SPL title. So, although it may be unlikely for lighting to ostensibly strike twice regarding the scenario in which Leicester were to pry a successful manager from the defending Scottish champions. If it is possible, do it.
Go all in for the Australian. Postecoglou has completely transformed a Celtic side that had given up their reign of dominance to a Steven Gerrard lead Rangers team. Since then he has won back to back League Cup’s one league, with another most likely again this season. While also taking the Scottish club to a first Champions League appearance since 2017. Not only did he take them into the UCL but managed to punch well above their weight in an extremely difficult group, containing the likes of Real Madrid and Red Bull Leipzig. Teams that outspend Postecoglou’s club by astronomical amounts. Yet the Glasgow side competed in the majority of the games including two draws against Shakhtar Donestk.
Not only has he show he can produce a side that can punch above their weight, but also generate a brand of possession-based football that has the become the staple in the majority of successful sides in Europe over recent history. He’s demonstrated to be able to identify under the radar talent, Kyogo Furuhashi is a great example of this. The Japanese forward has scored 20 goals this season and the player only cost €5.4million from Japanese side Vissel Kobe. This is something that the Foxes has really struggled with during Rodgers’ tenure at the club. The recruitment has not been good enough in that period and has been such that it has now handcuffed the club financially. With big contracts for players who have spent much of the last 18 months sitting on the bench – Jannik Vestergaard and Ryan Bertrand to name a few –.
With a massive squad revamp needed in the Summer, a manager with the scouting network like Postecoglou could mean that Leicester City can make a return back to the squad quality of a side consistently pushing for the Champions League. Sooner rather than later.