Not so long ago Leicester City were widely regarded as the best managed club in the Premier League. Not only did the Foxes surpass their weight financially, but they played an engaging and dynamic style of football with Brendan Rodgers arguably the most important figure in the entire operation.
Only three Premier League sides (Leeds United, Newcastle United and Norwich City) have conceded more goals this season than Leicester City, highlighting the defensive problems suffered by Rodgers’ side. Injury was a factor, but a Foxes caliber team should be able to absorb more.
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As Leicester City started the 2021/22 season with the intention of taking the final step in the top four, it is now a matter of consolidation. The longer their current form endures, the more likely the foxes are to erase all the good work they’ve been doing in recent times. Rodgers’ future at the club may have to be considered. Leicester couldn’t have had any other choice.
Indeed, if Leicester City are truly the best-managed club in the Premier League, it surely weighs on the contingency options after a fourth defeat in five matches. There was certainly no hesitation when the Foxes made the difficult decision to sack Claudio Ranieri just months after winning the Premier League title. Leicester may have to show similar cruelty when assessing Rodgers’ future.
One of Rodgers’ biggest flaws as a manager is his inability or reluctance to recognize unfavorable circumstances for his team. This is something Celtic fans experienced when the Scottish giants were repeatedly punished in European competitions for Rodgers’ stubbornness. Regardless of the opponent, Celtic under Rodgers played the same. This led to a number of heavy defeats. A more pragmatic manager would have had a better chance.
Of course, this season’s form shouldn’t obscure what Rodgers has achieved as Leicester City manager. The Foxes have spent 567 days in the top four over the past two seasons, illustrating how the Northern Irishman has maximized talent at King Power Stadium. For a long time Leicester City and Rodgers seemed like the perfect match.
Now, however, there are understandable doubts about the relationship. Rodgers could very well have taken Leicester City as far as he could. At Liverpool, the Northern Irishman struggled to stabilize the ship when his team started to sink and so there is already a precedent for Rodgers to lose his job after a dramatic drop. He may have entered another managerial spiral.
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