Debunking 5 ridiculous media statements about Brendan Rodgers

Leicester City's Northern Irish manager Brendan Rodgers (Photo by ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP via Getty Images)
Leicester City's Northern Irish manager Brendan Rodgers (Photo by ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP via Getty Images) /
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Since the announcement of Brendan Rodgers sacking from Leicester City Football Club, the media has rallied round in support to tell all the Foxes fans how wrong we were. Martin Samuel even stated that ‘Pep Guardiola would’ve struggled to do a better job than Rodgers‘, which is dramatically unlikely. So let’s dispel the myths and expose the media for what they are: people that have spent more time writing about where LCFC have gone wrong and less time watching Brendan Rodgers’ incompetent football for the last two seasons.

Myth 1: Brendan Rodgers wasn’t given funds

This is the sort of thing that was seen spouting from Shay Given in an interview when trying to offer an opinion on Sky Sports not long after the news broke of Rodgers sacking. This sort of comment is backed up by Columnists like The Guardian’s Ed Aarons who noted that since the 2018/2019 season, only Brighton & Hove Albion has a net spend lower than City. The only problem is that it is slightly irrelevant as it relies on having some much-needed context applied to it. The cost of the squad is actually £362million and is the ninth highest in the division and also Brighton seem to be managing on weaker resources than ours.

We would all recognise that he had been dealt a short hand last summer with very little money spent on the squad. Only when Wesley Fofana was sold were they able to bring in the Belgian centre-back Wout Faes. But in January such issues were not as founded as the club brought in Viktor Kristiansen, Harry Souttar and Tete only for a host of poor performances to follow.

During the Northern Irishman’s time, he presided over the departures of Harry Maguire, Ben Chilwell and the petulant Wesley Fofana, but none of those areas have been left short without adequate replacements brought in for the foxes to not be worrying about their Premier League status. It is a flimsy excuse at best and one that Rodgers has trotted out at every opportunity in interviews all season. It will no doubt get him his next job in the Premier League. But LCFC and Liverpool fans have seen the sweet and the sour of his management to know best what to expect.