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Brendan Rodgers sacked: Leicester confirm manager exit with two more departing after secret meeting emerges

Former Leicester manager Brendan Rodgers

Leicester City have confirmed Brendan Rodgers and two key members of staff have left the club, with details of a behind closed doors meeting coming to light.

The Foxes sat 18th in the Premier League table entering Sunday’s fixtures following a fifth defeat in six on Saturday.

Leicester fell to Crystal Palace 2-1 thanks to a late Jean-Philippe Mateta winner. However, Palace’s 31 shots to Leicester’s three suggested Rodgers’ side were fortunate to lose by such a narrow margin.

With the threat of relegation looming large, Leicester have elected to pull the trigger and part ways with Rodgers with 10 matches remaining. Rodgers’ assistant manager and first-team fitness coach have also made way.

A club statement read: “Leicester City Football Club has reached a mutual agreement with Brendan Rodgers that will see him leave the Club after four years as our Men’s First Team Manager.

“Brendan departs King Power Stadium as one of the most successful managers in the Club’s history, having guided us to our long-awaited first FA Cup triumph in 2021, the FA Community Shield in the same year, two of the Club’s three highest Premier League finishes and consecutive European campaigns, including our first European semi-final in 2022.

“Assistant Manager Chris Davies and First Team Fitness Coach Glen Driscoll will also be leaving with the Club’s thanks and best wishes for their future careers.

“Immediate responsibility for Men’s First Team training and match preparation will be led by the Club’s long-serving First Team Coaches Adam Sadler and Mike Stowell.”

Final meeting sealed Brendan Rodgers fate

Sky Sports News claimed a meeting was held between the club’s hierarchy and Rodgers on Sunday morning to discuss his future.

The outlet claimed all parties mutually agreed a parting of ways with immediate effect was the best course of action for all involved.

Rodgers leaves the King Power having guided them to their first ever FA Cup success in 2021.

The Northern Irishman also helped the Foxes secure successive fifth-placed finishes between 2019-21, though a remarkable decline this term sees them staring relegation in the face.

Leicester chairman Aiyawatt Srivaddhanaprabha thanked Rodgers for his efforts over the previous years, though explained why his removal was required.

Srivaddhanaprabha said: “The achievements of the team under Brendan’s management speak for themselves – we’ve experienced some of our finest footballing moments under his guidance and will always be grateful to him and his staff for the heights they helped us to reach on the pitch.

“Off the pitch, Brendan embraced the culture of the Club and helped cultivate an outstanding developmental environment, particularly during the transition to Seagrave, and provided strong leadership during the unprecedented challenge of the coronavirus pandemic. His place in Leicester City history is assured.

“However, performances and results during the current season have been below our shared expectations. It had been our belief that continuity and stability would be key to correcting our course, particularly given our previous achievements under Brendan’s management.

“Regrettably, the desired improvement has not been forthcoming and, with 10 games of the season remaining, the Board is compelled to take alternative action to protect our Premier League status.

“The task ahead of us in our final 10 games is clear. We now need to come together – fans, players and staff – and show the poise, quality and fight to secure our position as a Premier League club.”

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