Hodgson: Tottenham not big enough to lure Rodgers from Leicester

Date published: Saturday 24th April 2021 12:22 - Paul Okey

Jamie Vardy celebrates with Leicester City boss Brendan Rodgers

Roy Hodgson believes Tottenham being “a bit of a bigger club” than Leicester will not be enough to tempt Brendan Rodgers to leave the King Power.

Rodgers takes his third-placed Foxes to Crystal Palace on Monday evening having been heavily linked with a switch to Spurs.

Hodgson isn’t surprised the Leicester City boss is being talked about as a potential successor to Jose Mourinho.


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However, he thinks the structure and support he enjoys at the King Power Stadium will far outweigh the lure of once again managing a ‘Big Six’ club.

Brendan is doing extremely well at Leicester,” Hodgson said of his fellow former Liverpool boss.

“I think he must be very happy to have been given that job and assembled the group of players that he has and to be enjoying so much success with them.

“I think, if other clubs want to tempt him away, it will not be easy and as simple as suggesting that historically we happen to be a bit of a bigger club than the one you are at.

“It will be a question of having to persuade him that the future will be much better for him if he moves and that will not necessarily be an easy thing to do as what he is doing at Leicester, the players he has at Leicester, the support he has at Leicester, the way the future looks for Leicester, all of these things are very positive aspects.”

Hodgson’s future is also in doubt, with the 73-year-old’s contract set to run out in the summer.

The former England coach says an agreement has been reached, but whether that will involve him staying on as manager won’t be revealed “until a later date”.

Palace have won just one of their last six matches, against struggling West Brom, but still boast an 11-point cushion over the Premier League relegation zone.

In contrast, Leicester, with five wins from their last seven matches, are well placed to qualify for the Champions League. And Hodgson believes Rodgers is deserving of the recognition that has come his way.

“It must be nice for him to know that there are people appreciating his work so much,” he said.

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