Brendan Rodgers has moved to quash the rumours linking him with the Arsenal job following the sacking of Unai Emery.
Currently doing a wonderful job with Leicester City, the Northern Irishman started his managerial journey with Chelsea’s youth setup where he learned the ropes from Jose Mourinho between 2004 and ’08. His first full-time projects were Watford and Reading, but he really made his name when he guided Swansea City into the Premier League and helped them establish themselves as a stable top-flight side, before leaving to join Liverpool in 2012.
It was probably a step too big at that point of his career, with the pressure of managing a club of that size significantly different to anything he had experienced before. The Anfield faithful will always remember that ultimately doomed 2013/14 season when under the command of Rodgers and inspired by the brilliance of Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge, they missed out on the Premier League title by two points. It was followed by the largely underwhelming 2014/15 campaign with Suarez gone and Sturridge’s infamous injury woes keeping him out for a large number of games. The rest of the team, although complemented by numerous arrivals, simply couldn’t cope without them, quality-wise. He was sacked in October 2015, and a few days later, the Jurgen Klopp era began at Liverpool.
Meanwhile, Rodgers was appointed at Celtic in the summer of 2016 and during the two and a half years there, he matured immensely, leading them to consecutive Scottish Premiership titles. He joined Leicester late in February this year, and even though the Foxes parted ways with much-coveted Harry Maguire, Rodgers brought in Caglar Soyuncu, once linked with Arsenal too, as a replacement, and they never looked back. Their current position in the Premier League table, second place behind the undefeated Liverpool, three points above defending champions Manchester City, speaks a lot about the quality of his work there. He has rekindled the goal-scoring prowess of Jamie Vardy, and many claim that Leicester are now a better team than they were in 2015/16, when they shocked the football world by winning the title under Claudio Ranieri.
Arsenal decided to part ways with Emery on Friday morning, following the Europa League defeat at the hands of Eintracht Frankfurt, and Freddie Ljungberg has been put temporarily in charge. Rodgers was one of the names mentioned in relation to the vacant post. But even though he hinted that there may be a release clause in his contract at first, he was later adamant that that he is perfectly happy at the King Power Stadium, half-jokingly revealing that he wasn’t aware of any intention from the club to sack him. He made it perfectly clear that at this moment in time, he has no reason to leave his current employers.