Brendan Rodgers would take the Tottenham job if they were to offer it to him, according to one pundit.
Rodgers is one of the favourites to take over at Tottenham after the dismissal of Jose Mourinho on Monday. Spurs decided to part company with their manager after a nosedive in form in the Premier League, despite a Carabao Cup final looming. Ryan Mason has been placed in charge on an interim basis for the rest of the season.
After that, Tottenham will need to find a more high-profile replacement for Mourinho. After working wonders at Leicester City, Rodgers could be a candidate.
Rodgers narrowly missed out on a top-four place with Leicester last season and has them in contention again this time around. They are currently six points above Tottenham and have one more game to play.
However, Tottenham are traditionally a bigger club. With that in mind, Paul Robinson has predicted that Rodgers would accept the offer if it came.
“A lot of managers would walk down to London if they were offered the Spurs job and I think Rodgers is one of them,” the former Spurs goalkeeper told Football Insider.
“Tottenham are a bigger club than Leicester. You look where they are in the league and Leicester fans would argue differently. But when you look at the stadium and the squad at Spurs…
“Yes, Leicester have won the Premier League but they do not have the stature and the history of Spurs. There is no comparison.
“If Brendan Rodgers gets offered the job I am sure he would take it. Leicester and Tottenham, there is no competition.”
Rodgers has always been an ambitious manager and has left jobs while still under contract before. For example, he arrived at Leicester midway through the 2018-19 season when he was still working for Celtic.
Whether he would make a similar move to join Tottenham remains to be seen. Rodgers remains under contract at the King Power Stadium until 2025.
There would be an interesting subplot if he was to succeed Mourinho at Spurs. It was the Portuguese tactician who invited him to work at Chelsea’s academy early in his coaching career.
The other preferred candidate for Tottenham is RB Leipzig boss Julian Nagelsmann. One of the most promising young coaches in the world, Nagelsmann also has admirers at Bayern Munich.
However, he has denied any contact with the Bundesliga champions, so there may be still be a chance for Spurs.
Contact made for Sarri
Another candidate to take charge is Maurizio Sarri.
According to Football Italia, Tottenham made contact with Sarri’s representative Fali Ramadani on Monday after they sacked Mourinho.
The ex-Blues boss is out of work after leaving Juventus at the end of last season. However, he is still technically under contract with the Turin-based club.
Hence, anyone who wants to take him as their manager must pay out what remains of his contract. But Sarri is eager to get back in work.
He may prefer to stay in Serie A and has been linked with the head coach role at Roma, which is expected to become vacant at the end of the season.
But now Tottenham are trying to hijack those talks to get a feeling of whether Sarri could be their man.