The vacant head coach position at Tottenham Hotspur is one which Brendan Rodgers would love to have the opportunity to have, according to journalist Ben Jacobs.
Leicester City took the decision to part ways with Rodgers by mutual consent at the start of last month, following a 2-1 loss against Crystal Palace with the Foxes fighting for their lives to avoid the drop.
Football Insider reported in early April that Tottenham planned to sound out the Northern Irishman after he departed Leicester as part of their in-depth recruitment process to find a replacement for Antonio Conte.
Rodgers spent four years in charge at the King Power Stadium after joining the club from Celtic in 2019 and led them to their first FA Cup success in 2021, the FA Community Shield in the same year and two of the club’s three highest Premier League finishes.
A number of candidates are reported to be in contention for the job, including Arne Slot, Roberto De Zerbi, Xabi Alonso and Ruben Amorim (The Athletic).
Jacobs wrote in his column for Caught OffSide: “I would also still keep an eye on Brendan Rodgers, who might not be a popular choice given where he left Leicester, but he’s another manager who is the right kind of fit. Rodgers is extremely keen on the role but it’s up to Spurs now,’
“His time at Liverpool means he’s well used to challenging for the Champions League, and he was only just denied top four finishes in back-to-back seasons on the final day with Leicester, actually losing crucial games to Spurs on the penultimate (2019/20) and final (2020/21) weekend of each campaign.”
‘The most obvious or certainly popular choice would have been Mauricio Pochettino, who has now agreed terms with Chelsea. Levy holds an excellent professional and personal relationship with Pochettino, but in the end he was never approached. Paratici wasn’t in favour and Levy in the end agreed.
“Any candidate will now want to understand what they are walking into next season and that’s what makes the recruitment search tricky right now.”
Rodgers has also managed Liverpool, where he took over in June 2012, leading the Merseysiders to second place in the Premier League in 2013-14 and were top of the table with three games remaining, before losing out to Manchester City.
Many Tottenham fans would not be enthused by the appointment of Brendan Rodgers given the desire from the fanbase to return to a high pressing, attacking style of football.
If the club are indeed looking for the ‘next Pochettino’, the answer certainly does not lie with Rodgers occupying the touchline at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
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