Someone please check in on Chris Sutton, this must be a hard time for him. He was one of many pushing for Arsenal to fill their managerial opening with Brendan Rodgers, ignoring that he had no interest in leaving Leicester City.
This news would seem to be a dampener for that particular hope.
Leicester City is delighted to confirm that manager Brendan Rodgers has signed a new contract!— Leicester City (@LCFC) December 6, 2019
When first appointed in February, the Northern Irishman signed a deal until June 2022, and this new contract will keep him around for another three years, until June 2025.
In football these days, the length of a contract does very towards ensuring that he will be here until then, but it provides significantly more security to both sides. Hopefully it will also have raised the reported £14m fee for other clubs that was reported to be part of his initial deal.
Brendan’s qualities as a coach are well-known and evident in the way he has sought to unlock the potential in every member of our exciting young squad.
But just as important to us is the suitability of Brendan’s wider philosophy to the Club’s established culture and values. He and his staff immersed themselves immediately, building an understanding for the Club and the city and an appreciation for what makes them special.
That has been a valuable combination over the last nine months – strengthening the bond between our players, staff and supporters – and I’m excited to see how it can continue to enhance our long-term vision for the Club - Chairman Aiyawatt Srivaddhanaprabha
Despite the certainty from some quarters that Rodgers might be looking to move on, the man himself has been very clear that he’s enjoying his time here and that his project with the team has only just begun, despite the fantastic early returns.
When I made the decision to come to Leicester City, it was because I was excited about the direction the Club was taking and how I could apply my experience to the journey. I came here with a purpose to add something to that and to help the Club build for the future.
“The support I have had from the Chairman, Khun Top; from the Chief Executive, Susan Whelan; from the Director of Football, Jon Rudkin; and from everyone at the Club has been amazing. I’ve inherited an outstanding team of staff that are dedicated to progress and improvement and we have a group of players that are a joy to work with every day.
“And to the Club’s supporters, I can only say thank you for welcoming me and my staff into your Club and for putting your faith in our work. We’ll continue to work together to bring success to Leicester City for many years to come - Rogers on his new contract
The new deal probably also includes a significant pay rise, to reflect the excellent job Rodgers has done in raising the profile of the club, and their current 2nd position in the Premier League.
He’s certainly earned that extra money. Not only are his tactics working perfectly on the pitch, but his coaching is clearly paying off for the likes of Demarai Gray and Kelechi Iheancho.
There’s no doubt that this is great news for Leicester City