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It looks like Leicester should be preparing for another change in the dugout.
At least they would do if Paul Merson had anything to say about it. The former Arsenal man believes that the start he’s made at the King Power will lead to a number of clubs wanting to bring him on board.
Speaking to Sky Sports, Merson had only one team in mind that should be in the running to bring him in.
“Rodgers has done so well that Leicester have a job on their hands keeping hold of him. If I were Arsenal, I’d be breaking the bank to get him, give him a five-year contract and sit back and watch him transform the club.”
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It might seem rather strange to suggest given that he’s only been at the King Power since February, but it’s Leicester who should be pushing to negotiate with Rodgers rather than the Gunners, and in a weird way, it’s something that the Northern Irishman might need to instigate.
From Leicester’s side of things, the best way to end this sort of worrying speculation from pundits is to get Rodgers onside and give him the same sort of deal that Merson is talking about Arsenal giving him.
His current contract expires at the end of 2022, but if they are really convinced that he is the man that can take the team forward, they could do with handing out a bonus of some sort.
On Rodgers’ side, his stock at Leicester is never going to be higher, barring another miraculous run to the title as the club did in 2016.
Therefore, he should use this situation to walk into the chairman’s office and flat out demand that he be given a pay-rise, extra assurances about the transfer budget and more or less anything else he wants to help this Leicester ‘project’ that looks to be taking shape right now.
It seems like this is something that both the club and the manager could and should work together on. At the end of the day, it’s something that will benefit both sides.
Let’s not forget that he has done something like this before, when he went from ‘overachieving small club’ to ‘established big name’ when he moved from Swansea City to Liverpool, so unless everyone is happy on both sides, there’s always a chance of history repeating itself.