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Brendan Rodgers gives “brutally honest” response to Manchester United manager question

Brendan Rodgers has been tipped to succeed Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer after the team’s 5-0 home defeat to Premier League rivals Liverpool last weekend

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Leicester manager Brendan Rodgers has quashed rumours linking him with the Manchester United job.

Current Red Devils boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is under huge pressure following his team’s embarrassing 5-0 home defeat to Liverpool.

Ex-Liverpool and Celtic Rodgers was talking at a press conference ahead of his team’s Premier League game against Arsenal on Saturday Afternoon.

When asked, he said: “I don’t even think about it – and that’s the brutal honesty. I’m sure the supporters are probably tired of it. At Leicester, there is always a link.

“My focus is always here with Leicester and developing the football club on to that next level, where you’re competing for European football and challenging for honours.

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Brendan Rodgers is not interested in discussing the Manchester United job
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“Everyone here at the club, from the chief executive to the director of football – staff, players – we’re all very much on the same path, same vision.”

Rumours on Friday morning suggested Rodgers was the leading candidate to replace Solskjaer and revive United’s stuttering season.

The Red Devils have taken just one point from their last four Premier League games and face a tricky trip to Tottenham on Saturday afternoon.

Robbie Savage has backed Rodgers to succeed Solskjaer if the Norwegian is relieved of his duties, although the ex-academy star wants the latter to remain in charge.





The Leicester manager’s frustration is understandable as it’s the second time this month he’s been forced to quash speculation.

Rodgers was linked with the Newcastle job earlier in October after a Saudi-backed consortium completed a £305million takeover.

When asked about moving to the Toon, Rodgers said: “I’ve got a contract until 2025. I absolutely love being here [at Leicester].

“I’m very fortunate. I’ve got a great chief executive [Susan Whelan] who runs the club and a director of football [Jon Rudkin] I have a close relationship with.








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“And a group of players I really enjoy working with. We have an infrastructure here that allows us to compete.

“For me, as long as they don’t want to move me, I’m very happy here.

“All the managers, we are working hard to do the best for our teams. And then we have speculation and gossip that goes around and it can destabilise players and supporters.

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“It doesn’t benefit anyone. I’ve been in the game long enough to focus on my job and my role. I’m very happy here to do that.”

When asked about the sack in his pre-match press conference, Solskjaer said: “I’ve been through some very bad moments as a player here and when I’ve been a manager.

“I’ve dealt with setbacks, there have been two or three crises at least since I became manager here and one thing I can say is I’ll always give it a good shot and fight back.”


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