Journalist Dylan Childs has given his thoughts on Leicester City’s Brendan Rodgers potentially becoming the next manager of Newcastle United.
It has been reported that current Newcastle boss Steve Bruce is set to be replaced in the St. James’ Park dugout ahead of their game this weekend with Tottenham Hotspur, with The Daily Mail reporting: “Newcastle’s owners realised the negative impact his presence could have in their opening game against Tottenham.”
The report later goes on to state that Rodgers is one of the names under consideration, and speaking about a potential approach on a video for Football Insider, Childs noted that, despite some barriers, he didn’t see it as a total impossibility that the Foxes boss would be tempted to make the move to St. James’ Park:
“I think he’s someone that, again, could be tempted.
“The thing about Rodgers right now, obviously Leicester are in 13th place, haven’t started the season too well, I know they’ve got a few injury problems, but I wonder if he’s someone that could be tempted to buy into the project at Newcastle – obviously, he did that with Leicester when he was at Celtic, halfway through the season, obviously jumped ship.
“Leicester have obviously got money and they’ve backed Rodgers incredibly, and he’s got a great relationship with the ownership there and the fans. But I wonder if he does see Newcastle as being – I mean, we’re talking about the richest club in the world now – really sees this as an opportunity that’s too good to turn down.”
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It should be noted that, to reiterate Childs’ comments about Rodgers’ relationship with the hierarchy, The Northern Echo claims “he remains extremely popular” with the ownership at Leicester.
It is also claimed that: “As a result, if Newcastle opt to make a formal approach to Rodgers, their interest will be firmly rebuffed by the Leicester hierarchy, led by King Power CEO and chairman Aiyawatt Srivaddhanaprabha.”
But given the money that the club have just come into, if Newcastle United believe that Rodgers is the man that can take them forward – looking at what he did with Liverpool in 2013-14 and making Leicester perennial top-four challengers – then being able to buy him out in terms of compensation and paying over the odds to make it happen shouldn’t really be out of the question at this stage.