Published: Tue, February 26, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Brendan Rodgers given permission by Celtic to begin Leicester talks

Brendan Rodgers given permission by Celtic to begin Leicester talks

Sky sources understand Rodgers is now in Leicester after telling the Celtic board on Monday of his desire to leave.

Brendan Rodgers looks poised to succeed Claude Puel at Leicester City after Celtic granted him permission to talk to the Premier League club.

"Quite frankly it stinks", he told the Daily Record.

Whether it was for the Frenchman's insistence to adopt a possession-based style of play, or a distant demeanour that he appeared to sport on the sidelines, it became clear that supporters had given up on Puel, which is usually the signal of a manager's time at a club reaching its end. And I say that with the greatest respect.

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The Gers went into the game having thrashed Kilmarnock in the Scottish Cup in midweek, and picked up where they left off, despite missing their four-goal hero Alfredo Morelos. I think he's one of the best managers about, I really do, I think he's top, top drawer and I don't think he gets the credit he deserves.

However, Rodgers clearly feels he's taken the Scottish giants as far as he can and will now aim to help Leicester secure a top-half finish during the final months of the 2018-19 campaign.

"In terms of how Brendan has left the club, I think he has left the club in a tough situation", continued Sutton. Domestically, Brendan clean sweep and been absolutely fantastic but Europe has been too tough for Brendan as it has for a lot of Celtic managers. 'Brendan's done ever so well at Celtic over the last few years so it's no surprise that other clubs are watching him and want to acquire his services. When I was having a hard time he was the first person to pick up the phone, so I have the upmost respect for him, and it's a loss to Scottish football.

"But I also understand the point that this job came up and he's got to take it".

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