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Chelsea Will Not Hire Brendan Rodgers As Manager Because Of Controversial 2014 Comment

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Chelsea Will Not Hire Brendan Rodgers As Manager Because Of Controversial 2014 Comment

Chelsea are weighing Frank Lampard's future as manager - but they will not consider Leicester City's Brendan Rodgers as a potential replacement.

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A report from The Athletic states Chelsea wouldn't move for Rodgers thanks to a comment made back in 2014.

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Rodgers managed Liverpool at the time and took Victor Moses on loan, jibing: "It's not easy when you come to a big club.

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"You come from a really good club like Chelsea to a massive club like Liverpool where there is expectancy every day.

"For any player to go into a big club there is a big difference in terms of mentality."

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It's believed Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich took an issue with the statement and he still hasn't let it go.

Rodgers worked in the Chelsea youth setup and as reserves manager between 2004 and 2008.

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Despite this, he's taken a number of players on loan during his managerial career and not used them effectively.

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Two notable cases are Josh McEachran at Swansea City in 2002 and Charly Musonda at Celtic in 2018.

"I'm not going to speak for people above me - or the board - because I can never do that," he explained.

"That's why I couldn't answer a month ago about me getting a new contract and why I can't answer what they're thinking about now.

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"I will always feel the heat. I felt the heat when we were on our good run because I know that around the corner can be the negative.

"And we are not a team that has been churning out results and has got to the level of Liverpool or Manchester City.

"It is my job to focus on working on the players, not what the people above are thinking - that would just distract me and I can't do it.

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"We went 16 games unbeaten and a month ago everyone was asking me about where we can go, where am I going to go, where's the new contract?

"Now people will be saying the opposite - I can't control that. The pressure remains constant in this job and you know in tough moments that will be there."

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Topics: Frank Lampard, Football News, Leicester City, Chelsea, Football, Premier League, Brendan Rodgers

Daniel Marland
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