Leicester City have officially acquired the services of Northern Irishmen manager Brendan Rodgers. Rodgers leaves Celtic of the Scottish Premiership to join the Foxes until June 2022. A familiar name to Premier League supporters, Rodgers most recently spent time at Liverpool, where he came agonizingly close to winning a Premier League title with. That very season of 2013-14 was so promising that most of the Anfield faithful expected a lengthy stay for Rodgers. A less than satisfactory 2014-15 season that saw big money arrival Christian Benteke fail to impress ultimately sealed his fate as Liverpool failed to challenge for a top 4 place.
Rodgers then sought a move abroad, landing a deal with Scottish powerhouses Celtic. What followed was great success for the club that will go down in history. The arrival of Scott Sinclair from Aston Villa and the remarkable form of Moussa Dembele gifted Celtic fans an invincible season. Fans certainly expected more in the Champions League but Rodgers will always go down in Celtic history as a massive success.
Now, with Leicester City, Rodgers has come back with vengeance in his eye to take on the Premier League once more. Also experienced in the English top-flight with Swansea City before his Liverpool days, Rodgers really is no stranger to the league and is entering familiar territory. It may be familiar territory but maybe not so much familiar circumstances.
His last two coaching gigs, at Liverpool and Celtic respectively, have tasked him with challenging for the league title. At Leicester, that isn’t so much in his job description at the moment (yeah yeah, 2015-16 season whatever, I know). Winless in the league since the first day in January, Leicester look like the 2014-15 versions of themselves, the very Leicester team that escaped what will go down as one of the best relegation escapes in English football history.
Rodgers is tasked with steering this now storied club into the top half of the table, and given the quality of the squad, it should be plausible. Despite shaky performances and less than desirable results, there have been some bright moments. The form of attacking midfielder James Maddison will go down as the club’s greatest overall success this season and he will almost certainly become the focal point of Rodger’s team.
With former Arsenal invincible Kolo Toure as another first-team coach, Rodgers already has managerial ammunition ready to go. Liverpool fan or not, Rodgers is back in the Premier League and it should be quite the entertainment to see what he can bring to the table once more at King Power Stadium.