Leicester City are reeling at the bottom of the Premier League table as they are yet to pick a win from seven games so far. Brendan Rodgers only has a point from a draw so far, as his future at the King Power Stadium is up in the air. Moreover, beIn’s senior football anchor Richard Keys has revealed that Rafa Benitez has offered himself to the Foxes in case they sack Rodgers.
However, there’s no news yet on Rodgers’ firing as the Leicester owners are willing to lend more time to their FA Cup winning manager to turn things around. But the international break will certainly be an opportunity for both Rodgers and the club administration to sort out the future stance. Meanwhile, Benitez has fancied his chances as he is eager to get back into the fold after the Everton sacking.
Benitez boasts a stellar CV as he bids to replace Brendan Rodgers at Leicester
Leicester were in danger of losing their star players this summer as James Maddison and Youri Tielemans had attracted a lot of offer from various clubs. Rodgers was successful in keeping both his key players as the Foxes were expecting something more exciting after their fifth place finish back in the 2020/21 season earned them Europa League football last season.
However, as evident the club is struggling to clinch their first win of the season and in grave danger of ensuing into a relegation battle. Rodgers is definitely on the edge of his seat as he can be ousted anytime soon if the poor results continue. And moreover, Rafa Benitez making himself available for the Foxes’ job will further have Rodgers under pressure to deliver.
Benitez is currently out of work after he was sacked by Everton earlier this year. The Spaniard, who received a cold reception at Goodison Park due to his previous job at Liverpool, failed to emulate his success in the Blue part of the Merseyside. Nonetheless, Benitez has a vast experience of managing in the Premier League, after overseeing a staggering 359 games in charge across his stints with Everton, Newcastle United, Chelsea and Liverpool. He boasts a record of 173 wins, 100 losses and 86 draws across those 359 games, with a win percentage of 48%.
While Benitez failed to win the Premier League with any of the four clubs he managed in England, he did lift a Champions League, UEFA Super Cup and FA Cup with Liverpool, and led Chelsea to a Europa League triumph. Further on, Benitez claims a healthy record managing outside England as well, being in charge of Real Madrid, Valencia, Napoli and Inter Milan.
While he recent stint at Everton may have been a dull one, where he managed only 7 wins across 22 games, it would be difficult for Leicester to turn a coach of such pedigree. His playing style too is famous around Europe and has lifted titles wherever he went, with the Toffees being the only side where he failed to win one. On the other hand, Brendan Rodgers is quite calm over his future at the King Power Stadium as he recently opened up [via Sky Sports]:
“I don’t know [about facing a potential sack], to be honest. Whatever their [the owners’] decision is, I will always respect it. I think we’ve seen enough. There is no doubt we’ve had a tough first seven games, especially after the summer we’ve had – Tottenham away, Arsenal away, Chelsea away, Manchester United at home and a couple of other games we should win.”
As things stand, it appears only the 2015/16 Premier League winners’ results post the international break will tell the fate of Rodgers. The Foxes will then have a chance to start afresh post the World Cup and January transfer window where they may look to bring in a player or two if all they appoint a new coach.