Brendan Rodgers explains main reason behind Leicester City move

Brendan Rodgers has said that the quality of players at Leicester City played a key role in him taking over the managerial vacancy at the club. The Northern Irishman had been with Celtic for the past two-and-a-half seasons but he made a rather surprise departure on Tuesday despite previously declining to comment on the same speculation.

Speaking to the Foxes’ website, Rodgers levied praise on the Hoops and said that he managed to take the Glasgow giants as far as he could. He added that he was impressed with the ambition of the Foxes while the major attraction came from the calibre of players within the current squad, he said: “We [Celtic] were on a journey of great success over these last years but when the opportunity came to talk to Leicester and I was able to analyse it, it allowed me to think that I’d probably achieved and taken the club maybe at Celtic as far as I could at this moment. The opportunity to speak with Leicester and find out their ambitions and where we can grow the Club and the training facility. Of course, the big attraction for me is working with the players.”

The Foxes had managed just one point from the previous six league matches under ex-boss Claude Puel but the mood was swiftly changed upon Rodgers’ appointment with the Foxes running victorious against Brighton & Hove Albion under their caretaker boss. Next up, the east Midlands outfit are scheduled to face Watford on the road and the match should witness Rodgers in the Foxes dugout for the first time.

The Foxes have recently gone through a pragmatic approach to the style of play and it remains to be seen whether Rodgers changes things around. The club were renowned for their counter-attacking and fast-paced football under former coach Claudio Ranieri, and Rodgers may adopt the same playing style which was useful during his time at Liverpool.