Brendan Rodgers has reportedly emerged as a candidate to take over at Leeds United this summer if the club do go down to the Championship – and he is clearly a fan of the Elland Road atmosphere, saying as much back in 2021.
Leeds look more than likely to be relegated to the Championship after Sunday’s loss to West Ham. We sit in 19th, two points from safety. Leicester are more likely to stay up, after an impressive point away at Newcastle last night.
Leeds need Everton to lose – or draw. But an Everton draw would mean Leeds need to win by three goals against Tottenham; unlikely. Leeds need a scenario in which Everton lose, Leicester do not win and Leeds beat Spurs.
Incredibly unlikely. Gary Neville says it would take something “mad” for Leeds to stay up, while Chris Sutton expects Everton to finish in 17th. In the event of relegation, The Athletic say Leeds will target a move to bring Rodgers in.
Rodgers is of course a top manager, that has won trophies with Celtic and Leicester and almost won the league at Liverpool. He is out of work, and it is unclear if he would be tempted by Leeds. But, he is a fan of our atmosphere.
Speaking in 2021 after Leeds faced Leicester, he was quoted by the YEP as saying: “The crowd really pushes and helps the team. The atmosphere was great. It felt like an old school British game. It was so good. I really enjoyed it.”
Rodgers emerges as Leeds candidate: A fan of Elland Road atmosphere
Bringing in Rodgers would be a wonderful appointment. Whether that is in the Premier League or Championship. But it would be a job convincing the Northern Irishman to join Leeds in the second tier – Rodgers is above that level.
But if Leeds can sell the project to Rodgers, and be able to tempt him by starting afresh with cash to spend – maybe it will tempt Rodgers. It depends on other interest Rodgers has in his services, with Premier League clubs likely.