In an exclusive interview with Football FanCast, former Arsenal striker John Hartson believes Leicester City manager Brendan Rodgers would be eager to replace Mauricio Pochettino at Tottenham Hotspur if the opportunity arose.
The Foxes have enjoyed a brilliant start to the Premier League campaign and lie behind only Manchester City and Liverpool in the table, as well as being three points ahead of Spurs.
The east Midlands outfit actually came from a goal down to beat the north London outfit 2-1 at the King Power Stadium last month, as they showed the quality that they have in their locker.
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There is no doubt that Rodgers has moulded some impressive younger players into a team that is a real force both from an attacking and a defensive point of view, and it is something that probably hasn’t gone unnoticed by other clubs.
Meanwhile, Tottenham’s frustrating season to date took another negative turn as they were thrashed 7-2 by Bayern Munich in the Champions League on Tuesday night, which has surely left at least a few question marks hanging over the future of Pochettino.
His English top flight peer could well be one of the names in contention to replace the Argentine if he did end up leaving, and Hartson believes he would have no hesitation in making the move to Spurs, given the Northern Irishman’s past record.
He said: “If he [Brendan] was offered the job he’d take it. He’s shown that he’s not the most loyal manager. He signed a three year contract at Swansea and then left for Liverpool.
“And then he does exceptionally well at Celtic and walks out the side door and leaves the club. There’s no loyalty in football and the managers are the same as the players. If a manager gets offered a better job they’re gonna take it.
“There’s no room for sentiment in football. It’s dog-eat-dog. This loyalty word doesn’t exist in football. We’ve seen before that that is what he does.”
A slight dig at Rodgers’ loyalty there, but it’s hard to argue given the two examples Hartson has highlighted.
The former Liverpool boss will know what a big opportunity managing Tottenham would be given the players they have and of course their new stadium, and Rodgers would surely be tempted by the project.