Leicester concerned over plan to replace Rodgers with impressive Prem boss; ex-top flight coach considered

Leicester manager Brendan Rodgers

Leicester are reportedly keen on Brentford boss Thomas Frank as a potential replacement for Brendan Rodgers, while a second successor is also in the frame.

Foxes boss Rodgers took over at the King Power Stadium in February 2019 and enjoyed immediate success. In fact, he led Leicester to two successive fifth-placed Premier League finishes.

They were in the top four for a while in both campaigns, but failing to get over the line has ultimately cost them in the long run.

Indeed, after a tumultuous summer transfer window with only one paid-for signing and a couple of big exits, Leicester sit rock bottom after seven games.

And Saturday’s 6-2 defeat to Tottenham did nothing to ease the concern for Rodgers’ future. There have been subsequent suggestions that the Northern Irishman could become the second Premier League managerial casualty of the season after Chelsea’s Thomas Tuchel.

According to The Telegraph, Leicester are looking around at who could soon succeed Rodgers.

Brentford’s Danish coach Frank has admirers at the King Power Stadium. However, there is concern as to whether Frank would leave the project he is building in London.

Frank led Brentford to promotion to the Premier League last term. And after finishing 13th, the Bees have made a similarly bright start to this term.

Elsewhere, former Burnley boss Sean Dyche ‘will also come into contention’, The Telegraph adds. The 51-year-old is still out of work following his departure from the Clarets in April.

Brendan Rodgers defends Leicester performances

Rodgers worryingly admitted after the defeat to Tottenham that he did not know what Leicester’s owners had planned.

And he added that the club chiefs have “given me brilliant support” and that he “understands the game”.

On the flipside, he insisted: “You didn’t see a team playing with no conviction, no authority, no bravery.

“You’ve seen a team that is doing everything to get back in the game and leaving themselves a little bit open.”

Nevertheless, the fact is that Leicester’s 22 goals shipped after seven games is the worst record of the Premier League era at this stage of a campaign.

Leicester have one point from seven matches and the worst ever defensive record at this stage of a Premier League season.

Foxes boss has run his course

All the signs are pointing to an impending departure from Leicester for Rodgers.

It would be harsh on a number of fronts. Firstly, Leicester have struggled to financially back Rodgers in the summer transfer market.

As such, they have not replaced centre-back Wesley Fofana and not built on their current squad aside from replacing departures.

What’s more, the mere fact that they have lost Fofana and goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel has had an effect.

But, Leicester ultimately have ambitions of finishing in the top seven and so sitting bottom is far from where they want to be.

And, as mentioned, Leicester had their chances to finish in the top four in the early seasons of Rodgers’ reign.

The failure to get over the line in those campaigns look like it will come back to bite the manager and cost him his job.