Contract technicality could prevent Leicester City from sacking Brendan Rodgers
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Under fire Leicester City boss Brendan Rodgers could be saved from being sacked due to a clause in his contract.
After a dismal start to the 22/23 campaign which saw the Foxes pick up just one point from a possible 21, Rodgers is now the bookies favourite to be the next Premier League manager axed.
It has been reported that Leicester’s chairman Aiyawatt Srivaddhanaprabha and director of football Jon Rudkin are set to make a decision on the Northern Irishman’s future during the international break.
However, according to The Sun, Leicester could be prevented from sacking Rodgers as their current financial struggles mean they might not have the necessary money to pay the manager his £10 million severance package that has been included in his contract.
With Rodgers still having three years left in his contract and is ranked as one of the highest paid managers in the Premier League, Leicester are carefully looking at the financial impact of showing him the exit.
Rodgers was already under immense pressure going into Saturday’s match against Tottenham Hotspur after the Foxes lost 5-2 away at the Amex stadium against Brighton a week prior.
Despite a strong first half showing, Spurs ran away 6-2 winners as Leicester caved in during the second half. Rodgers’ team have now lost six games in a row and his future is in major doubt.
After the defeat by Spurs, Rodgers said: “I know how football works and I totally understand the frustration of the supporters. I cannot hide from that because it’s my responsibility.
“Losing the last six games doesn’t make great reading but whatever happens to me here at Leicester, I will always respect this club.”
Since his appointment in February of 2019, Rodgers has taken Leicester pretty much as far as he possibly can.
He achieved two fifth place finishes, a run to the Europa Conference League semi final and also won the club their first FA Cup trophy.
Former Burnley manager Sean Dyche and Brentford boss Thomas Frank are set to be the front runners for the job if the King Power club do decide to part ways with Rodgers.
Frank insisted he was ‘happy’ at Brentford when asked about the rumours.
He said: “It’s a very simple answer. I am here at Brentford, very happy. I am reading very little of these rumours.
“I have been told to be a little aware of it, if I get questions, and of course, it is nice to be linked with it because it is something we have done here and done well. That is positive.”
Will Leicester sack Rodgers? Only time will tell.
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