Leicester City boss Brendan Rodgers rubbishes speculation related to Manchester United job amidst calls to sack Ole Gunnar Solskjaer
The Northern Irishman is currently the frontrunner to replace the Norwegian at Old Trafford. The results have not gone the way of the 48-year-old, including the heavy defeats to Liverpool and Man City.
The former Liverpool boss has done a terrific job at the King Power over the last two years. He has delivered an FA Cup and has narrowly missed out on Champions League football.
However, Rodgers feels that the speculation is disrespectful towards his managerial counterpart. He also committed his future to Leicester and his desire to stay at the club. He told reporters in his pre-match press conference (h/t The Sun):
“Firstly, it is really disrespectful to ask the question when you have a manager in place, a good manager and a good man, who is working hard at the club. Secondly, I cannot really comment on it because it is not something that is real.
“I am here as the Leicester City manager, proud to be here, privileged to be here and fully committed to the players, the club, the ownership.”
Rodgers also explained that he is not frustrated with the speculation because it is a part of the ‘modern game.’
“It is something that is the modern game, lots of speculation and gossip, it’s all part of the modern game, but it is not something I have any focus on.”’
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Rodgers’ promotion of the youth, playing style, and ability to work on a budget is admirable. However, all of this will not matter if he is not interested in taking the job. He is already committed to the Midlands club and has previous ties to arch-rivals Liverpool.
Regardless, the pressure is on Solskjaer to turn the results around. He is likely to take charge of the game against Watford but faces a tough fixture list after that. Thus, while he may have kept his job, for now, the hot seat at Old Trafford might be empty by the end of the year if the performances do not improve.