DANNY MURPHY: Brendan Rodgers deserves huge credit for the job he has done at Leicester – there are some roles he simply can’t turn down… but Spurs isn’t one of them
- Brendan Rodgers has done a brilliant job at Leicester despite several injuries
- There are some jobs you can’t turn down but I wouldn’t see Spurs as one of them
- If Harry Kane wants to leave Spurs, he should do it while he’s still in demand
I’ve got to know Brendan Rodgers a little over the years. He interviewed me for a coaching job at Liverpool in 2015 and, while Gary McAllister ended up being appointed, speaking to Brendan gave me an insight into his intelligence and methods. His knowledge and analysis were amazing.
He brings a lot of thought into his work, he spent years preparing his manifesto for management, and since he’s been at Leicester I’ve also been impressed with the way he keeps his emotions intact. He is rarely flustered whether things are going badly or brilliantly.
Retiring early quickened his progress as a manager. He was 39 when he arrived at Anfield and now has more than a decade of experience with Swansea, Liverpool, Celtic and Leicester.
Brendan Rodgers’ analysis is great and he deserves huge praise for his work at Leicester City
When you consider the budgets available to Manchester City, Manchester United and Chelsea, I think he deserves more credit for the job he’s done at Leicester.
People don’t mention the injuries because Brendan himself doesn’t dwell on them, but Leicester are third in the table and in Sunday’s FA Cup quarter-final despite selling Ben Chilwell and missing Caglar Soyuncu, Ricardo Pereira, James Maddison and James Justin for significant parts of the season.
I feared for them at one point but Brendan has proved me wrong with his flexibility. He generally likes possession football but can adapt for certain opposition.
Rodgers has learned a lot from being at Liverpool, and now keeps his own counsel more
At Manchester City, Leicester played counter-attack. At first, they were so deep you wondered how they’d get up the pitch, but it was a deliberate plan and they ended up winning 5-2. I think he learned a lot from being at Liverpool. Towards the end, maybe he was too public in highlighting disagreements in recruitment and probably realises now it can be better to keep your own counsel even if you think you’re right.
I said at the time Everton had missed a trick by choosing Marco Silva rather than Rodgers. Now there aren’t many clubs he’d leave Leicester for.
There are some jobs you can’t turn down but I wouldn’t see Spurs as one of them. He’d need to spend a year or two sorting out some of their problems even to get to the levels Leicester are at now.
Kane leaving Spurs has a shelf-life
I said recently this was a big summer for Harry Kane. If he wants to leave Spurs it has to be soon while he’s still an attractive proposition.
The terrible Europa League defeat in Zagreb on Thursday won’t have done Daniel Levy’s prospects of holding on to him much good.
I’m not a natural fan of Jose Mourinho’s tactics but I felt sorry for him on this occasion because the players let the club down.
There were poor decisions and little communication. Hugo Lloris kept playing out from the back on a dodgy pitch. Why wasn’t Kane, Eric Dier or other senior pros shouting at him to be more direct?
If Harry Kane wants to leave Tottenham it must be soon, while he is still a world-class striker
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