Date: 14th March 2019 at 4:45pm
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OPINION

There is no questioning that ’ exit from left a bitter taste in the mouth of all those at Parkhead.

The Northern Irish boss gave up the chance to write his name into Hoops folklore with a third successive domestic treble to join Premier League side Leicester City, Neil Lennon returning to the club to take his countryman’s place in the dugout.

It was no doubt hugely frustrating not only for the fans but for those behind the scenes – although with well documented tensions between Rodgers and the top brass, it might well have cleared a grey cloud which was hanging over the club behind closed doors.

There definitely seemed to be some animosity between club chief and Rodgers, Ally McCoist seemingly confirming a fallout between the pair when speaking on Talksport, and as such the chief executive might well have been relieved to see the manager head hunted by Leicester.

If his exit was not enough to make at least one of the top brass happy, then the £9million compensation fee reported by the Telegraph will have.

In what is said to be one of the biggest payouts for a manager in work the Premier League has ever seen, Lawwell has not only got rid of someone who he was clashing heads with but a huge multi-million pound windfall for the club.

A fresh start plus some much needed funds to improve the club? It is like killing two birds with one stone and Lawwell was surely laughing all the way to the bank to cash in that proverbial cheque from the Foxes.