Brendan Rodgers has been appointed Leicester City’s new manager after leaving his job at Celtic.
The Northern Irishman was named on Tuesday evening just one hour before Leicester’s match against Brighton. His predecessor Claude Puel was sacked on Sunday. He signed a contract until 2022, and watched his new side from the stand beat Brighton 2-1.
He won seven major trophies as Celtic manager and felt there was little left to achieve in Scottish football. He is thrilled to be back in the Premier League.
He managed Liverpool and Swansea in the past and he wants to take up the new challenge. He said, “I’ll give my life to make the supporters proud of their club.”
He added, “Together, we’ll be stronger and I’m looking forward to working with the players, staff and supporters to make the right steps forward.”
‘It feels great, it’s obviously come very quickly and obviously, of course, over the last few days, but I know I’m joining a fantastic club that has grown so quickly over these last few years,’ Rodgers told the club’s official website. ‘I’m just delighted to be here. I think there was a number of reasons [why I joined]. I was certainly in no hurry to leave Celtic.
‘Celtic is a club that’s a huge club worldwide, a renowned club, and I loved working with the players there. ‘We were on a journey of great success over these last years but when the opportunity came to talk to Leicester and I was able to analyse it, it allowed me to think that I’d probably achieved and taken the club maybe at Celtic as far as I could at this moment.
‘The opportunity to speak with Leicester and find out their ambitions and where we can grow the Club and the training facility. Of course, the big attraction for me is working with the players. ‘It’s a young squad, a very dynamic squad, it’s got huge potential and you’ve got some of the players with good experience also. There was a number of factors in being here and, like I say, I’m absolutely delighted.’
Rodgers will be Leicester’s fourth permanent manager in 23 months after Puel, Craig Shakespeare and 2015-16 Premier League-winning manager Claudio Ranieri were all sacked.
Saturday’s 4-1 defeat by Crystal Palace meant Leicester had lost four consecutive home Premier League games for the first time since January 2000.
They have conceded the first goal in 19 Premier League matches this season – more than any other side.
Rodgers has also managed Watford and Reading and was named the LMA Manager of the Year in 2014.