Brendan Rodgers admits he is going through his ‘most challenging period’ as manager…
- Leicester took just one point from their first six games
- Brendan Rodgers has admitted it has been his most difficult period as manager
- However, he is determined to stay at Leicester and get his team back on track
- Rodgers is confident he still retains the support of the Leicester hierarchy
- Rodgers’ men will face their Midlands rival Aston Villa on Saturday, who is also struggling
Brendan Rodgers admits Leicester’s start to the season was his most difficult spell as manager, but he is determined to turn their fortunes around.
The Foxes are bottom of the table after losing five games in a row – the first time this has happened to Rodgers as top boss – and face Aston Villa on Saturday with a one point lead from six games.
The future of Rodgers, who took charge in February 2019, is increasingly under scrutiny, but the former Liverpool and Celtic boss believes he can stop the slump.
Manager Brendan Rodgers (above) has admitted he is going through a ‘challenging period’
“It’s a challenging moment, certainly the most challenging period I’ve had as a manager, but the idea is to get through it and the only way to do that is to work hard,” said Rodgers. “This is the longest time I’ve spent at a club.
“I love being here and I will fight as hard as I can to stay here and make the team the best we can with what we have.
“This is what you would now call the hard recruiting as a manager, so you have to take whatever comes your way. I got the credit when we won the FA Cup last May, but I’ve never been too high on that and I’ve never been too low on this.
‘I look a bit like my father. He was a happy man, but on the outside he looked miserable, bless him. Anyone who knows me knows that I am optimistic and I always like to have good energy to inspire others.’
Rodgers had expressed frustration at their lack of activity in the transfer market all summer, and looked particularly dejected after Leicester were beaten 5-2 at Brighton last weekend.
The Foxes have had a disappointing start to the season and are bottom of the Premier League
However, the Northern Irishman has maintained that he still feels he has the full support of the board.
“They’ve been very supportive of me,” he said. ‘I’m not crazy. I understand football and it wasn’t a good start at all, but I think their support probably shows how much work we’ve done here and the work behind the scenes.
“There’s also an appreciation for the difficulty of where we’ve been this summer. It is my responsibility to improve results, there is no doubt about that. I’ve had nothing but support from within to help us do that.
“My career has been built on resilience and it’s definitely something you need in this industry. That’s how I got where I am.
‘Because I wasn’t a big player. I had to coach, I had to work with players and manage them and it hasn’t been all smooth sailing in my career, so the strength is very easy to find.”
Rodgers also made a favorable comparison between the situation he finds at Leicester and that of previous clubs.
Rodgers believes he still has the full support of the board despite Leicester’s poor start
He has been sacked twice in his career, at Reading and Liverpool, but he expects the Leciester hierarchy to stand by him.
He added: “What you normally encounter when the results go against you, maybe as a manager, and I’ve been to a number of clubs now, there can be a level of betrayal that starts against you as a manager, but I have never felt that here at all.
“All the staff, players, everyone has been absolutely brilliant in their support. We just keep working hard and trying to get back to a consistent level. That gives me the strength and the determination.’
Meanwhile, Danish coach Lars Knudsen joins the club as a set specialist. Knudsen was due to move to Leicester in the summer, but his arrival was delayed by visa issues. The 45-year-old has spent time with age-group national teams in his home country and will team up with the United States at this year’s World Cup.