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Leicester manager Brendan Rodgers once again dismisses links to Man United work as ‘gossip’

Brendan Rodgers dismisses links to Manchester United’s job as ‘gossip’, and the Leicester manager reaffirms his commitment to the club amid the search for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s replacement.

  • Brendan Rodgers is considered a summer candidate to assume the command of Man United
  • Michael Carrick is in temporary charge after Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s firing
  • The United Hierarchy plans to speak with five interim candidates in the coming weeks.
  • But the Leicester boss has once again distanced himself from Old Trafford links


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Brendan Rodgers has reiterated his commitment to Leicester despite continued ties to the Manchester United post.

Sportsmail understands that the former Liverpool manager is being considered as a candidate to succeed Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as United’s permanent manager in the summer.

Michael Carrick has assumed the role of interim manager, while Sportsmail understands that the club’s hierarchy has named a short list of five men to take over as interim boss until May.

Brendan Rodgers has once again dismissed links to Manchester United's job as 'gossip'

Brendan Rodgers has once again dismissed links to Manchester United’s job as ‘gossip’

United are still looking for a permanent manager to succeed Ole Gunnar Solskjaer (above)

United are still looking for a permanent manager to succeed Ole Gunnar Solskjaer (above)

United are still looking for a permanent manager to succeed Ole Gunnar Solskjaer (above)

But Rodgers, who already denied rumors of moving to United three days before Solskjaer was fired, once again distanced himself from Old Trafford ties and insisted he accepts that the ‘gossip’ will continue until a coach is appointed. full time.

“I don’t take it for nothing,” Rodgers said ahead of Thursday night’s Europa League visit to Legia Warsaw.

‘It’s not real. There is always gossip and that will be there until a full time manager is appointed. My commitment is up to here.

“Culture here is about player development, and that’s where I see it, even more so in this period.

Michael Carrick (right) is in temporary charge with planned conversations with five interim candidates.

Michael Carrick (right) is in temporary charge with planned conversations with five interim candidates.

Michael Carrick (right) is in temporary charge with planned conversations with five interim candidates.

‘I respect that you guys have stories to do and create a narrative, but that doesn’t include me.’

Rodgers was named head of the Foxes in February 2019 and has helped Leicester to two consecutive Europa League finals, as well as leading them to their first FA Cup success last season.

And forward Ayoze Perez has promised the Leicester stars are not distracted by speculation linking Rodgers to a departure before Thursday.

‘We’re not even thinking about that possibility (Rodgers’ departure). What he has shown us is totally focused on where we can improve, ‘said the Spaniard.

Ayoze Pérez (right) insists Leicester players are not distracted by Rodgers' talk

Ayoze Pérez (right) insists Leicester players are not distracted by Rodgers' talk

Ayoze Pérez (right) insists Leicester players are not distracted by Rodgers’ talk

PSG boss Mauricio Pochettino (above) is United's first choice to become the new permanent boss.

PSG boss Mauricio Pochettino (above) is United's first choice to become the new permanent boss.

PSG boss Mauricio Pochettino (above) is United’s first choice to become the new permanent boss.

‘We’re not thinking about anything else, not about him either. We are really focused here.

‘He’s trying to get us to think about the basics (to improve the form). You have to try not to overthink and not overdo things. We are sure that victory is near. We know the importance of tomorrow and we are focused on that. ‘

Meanwhile at United, Sportsmail He understands that Paris Saint-Germain manager Mauricio Pochettino is still interested in the position, but is not convinced that they have made a meaningful approach for him yet.

The former Tottenham manager remains United’s first choice to succeed Solskjaer and is ready to step down immediately, but the Ligue 1 giants are determined not to let him go before the end of the season.

That has prompted the club to create a shortlist of five men to replace Carrick on an interim basis.

Lucien Favre (above) is on a five-man roster for the Manchester United interim manager position

Lucien Favre (above) is on a five-man roster for the Manchester United interim manager position

Lucien Favre (above) is on a five-man roster for the Manchester United interim manager position

Former Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde is another coach on United's list of finalists

Former Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde is another coach on United's list of finalists

The five-man roster includes Ralf Rangnick, who used to coach RB Leipzig.

The five-man roster includes Ralf Rangnick, who used to coach RB Leipzig.

Sportsmail may reveal that Ernesto Valverde (left) and Ralf Rangnick (right) are also being discussed

Ralf Rangnick, currently the director of sports and development at Lokomotiv Moscow, and former Barcelona manager Ernesto Valverde are two of the names they will speak with.

The duo will be joined by former Borussia Dortmund boss Lucien Favre and former Roma coach Paulo Fonseca, while the roster of candidates is rounded out by Rudi Garcia, who led Lyon to the Champions League semi-finals in 2020.

Sportsmail understands that United is not considering the five names on the short list as permanent options and believes that an interim appointment will bring stability during a chaotic season, before a longer-term process begins in the summer.

Sportsmail He also understands that Steve Bruce’s agent has offered his services to United, while Unai Emery is another outside candidate.

Former Lyon manager Rudi Garcia is also being considered after he led the French club to the semi-finals of the Champions League.

Former Lyon manager Rudi Garcia is also being considered after he led the French club to the semi-finals of the Champions League.

Former Roma manager Paulo Fonseca is also a candidate for the position

Former Roma manager Paulo Fonseca is also a candidate for the position

Former Lyon boss Rudi García (left) and Paulo Fonseca (right) are also being considered.

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