Published: Thu, February 28, 2019
Sport | By Joe Gonzales

Gerrard not surprised by Rodgers' Leicester talks

Gerrard not surprised by Rodgers' Leicester talks

In a whirlwind of developments, Brendan Rodgers relinquished his position at Celtic and moved back to the Premier League to take over at Leicester City.

Rodgers was confirmed as the new manager of the Foxes on Tuesday, after the Premier League side parted ways with Claude Puel following a string of disappointing results. At the start of the following campaign, 16/17, he joined Celtic, where he has been since.

"It's ruined my holiday!"

Rodgers won seven trophies during his time with Celtic, including successive Scottish Premiership titles in 2017 and 2018.

Fabian Schar's stunning long-range effort put Rafa Benitez's men in front before Sean Longstaff scored his first goal for the club to give Newcastle a commanding half-time lead they never looked like surrendering. By that stage, Celtic were out of the Champions League after losing to AEK Athens in a game in which Dedryck Boyata refused to play despite Rodgers' assertion the want-away centre-back was fit.

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"As projects, including the development of our new training ground and the proposed expansion of King Power Stadium continue to take shape, and as a young squad of great potential begins to mature, Brendan and his colleagues arrive at an exciting time for Leicester City".

Unfortunately, winning silverware season after season with Celtic doesn't appear to cut the mustard with Rodgers. This is a Club which has been such a huge part of my life already and it is an honour to be asked to return.

Neil Lennon has been brought in on an interim basis as his replacement and will be assisted by John Kennedy and Damien Duff.

After a further 18 months at Anfield, Rodgers was appointed as manager of Celtic in May 2016, leading the team to a domestic treble in his first season at the helm. "For us, we just see how that pans out really". This is an opportunity he wished to pursue and that is something we have to respect.

"We know he's coached a lot of young players and we hope he can bring them on - we're all excited".

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