Leicester players ‘puzzled’ by Brendan Rodgers’ tactics as £10m pay-out cost revealed

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Leicester City manager Brendan Rodgers looks dejected Credit: PA Images
Leicester City manager Brendan Rodgers looks dejected Credit: PA Images

The absolute sh*t-show at Leicester continues to lurch from disaster to disaster as it emerges that the club face a £10m pay-out if they sack Brendan Rodgers.

The Foxes boss has almost three years remaining on his contract but has managed to pick up just one point from their opening six games of the season, leaving him the clear favourite to be the next Premier League manager out of a job.

Rodgers looks like a dead man walking but the Daily Mail say that Leicester face a massive bill if they bite the bullet and sack the Northern Irishman.

They lost 5-2 to Brighton on Sunday in a game which Jamie Vardy started from the bench.

Leicester’s only outfield signing this summer was Belgian defender Wout Faes for £15m, while Wesley Fofana left for Chelsea to leave the squad significantly weaker.

Rodgers was asked whether he had the club’s support after that 5-2 shellacking at Brighton and said: “I’ve never asked for it in all my time here. I’ve never wanted it. I’ll continue to do my work and come in and study and do as much as I can.

“I’ve never turned work down. I’ve always come in early and finished late at night and until someone tells me differently I’ll continue to do that.”

But now a report in The Athletic suggests that there is ‘discontent and discord’ among the players, who are confused by the former Liverpool manager’s tactical instructions.

He has so far started 18 different players in six Premier League games, with Danny Ward, James Justin and Jonny Evans the only ever-presents. The XI that started at Brighton did not contain Vardy or Timothy Castagne.

Full-backs Justin and Luke Thomas were both included in our Premier League worst XI of the weekend.

The Athletic write: ‘Rodgers is struggling to get his message across and sources say there are concerns within his squad that players are uncertain of what is being asked of them, confused by the regular changing of systems and personnel, puzzled by the game plan.

‘One in attack, then two. Four at the back or five. There is some discontent and discord.’

That report likens the atmosphere at Leicester to the final days of Claudio Ranieri’s reign. Rodgers could well suffer the same fate as the Italian and if a title win gave him no protection, do not expect an FA Cup victory to offer him any insurance.

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