Partial respect and persistent bitterness towards sacked boss Brendan Rodgers

Khun Top Srivaddhanaprabha, chairman of Leicester City, and former manager Brendan Rodgers (Photo by Marc Atkins/Getty Images)
Khun Top Srivaddhanaprabha, chairman of Leicester City, and former manager Brendan Rodgers (Photo by Marc Atkins/Getty Images) /

Foxes of Leicester’s editor explains his partial respect yet persistent resentment towards former Leicester City manager Brendan Rodgers.

When I read the news flash that Rodgers had left LCFC, I was momentarily elated. I must admit. When I let the news fully register, I realised and acknowledged that the now former Leicester boss had done some good on Filbert Way. Later on, at the time of writing, I consider my initial response to be slightly reactionary. I feel that the Northern Irishman’s King Power club achievements require mentioning, along with his shortcomings and arguable failures. Ultimately, while he was lauded tactically at one time, the Foxes were outfoxed, outworked and unmotivated too often.

It went wrong for the ex-Liverpool man at Leicester over long, drawn-out and sustained stages. The decline was far from rapid; the good times also occurred over an extended period. The Blue Army will hopefully remember the better as well as the bitter from his tenure as the years go by. They have to. If the Foxes are relegated this Premier League campaign or any in the near future, any fondness shall be further impacted. Yet being the sole FA Cup winning chief with the east Midlands team is a great achievement. Lifting the trophy with a relatively smaller side is outstanding. Nevertheless, many fans and pundits viewed the achievements made by the current or recent squad as overall underachievement, solely due to the ‘failure’ to qualify for the Champions League from pole position in successively terrible run ins.

My partial respect and persistent bitterness towards sacked Leicester City manager Brendan Rodgers

Mainly, the problem most often associate with Rodgers wasn’t his unwillingness to own up to mistakes at Leicester but failure to adequately address the issues. Disorder was never resolved in many cases. Stubbornness was the seeming justifiable accusation levelled at the Northern Irishman by many of us for a couple of seasons.

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In conclusion, LCFC did benefit from Rodgers’ influence after he joined the club. There is no doubt about it. We also don’t know how any otter rated head coaches would have done, obviously. Essentially I thank the 50-year-old for his initial contributions in devising a then slick Leicester lineup. Although I question him for indecision, wrong decisions and being out of touch with reality as the era inevitably ended.