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Roman Abramovich’s stance on appointing Brendan Rodgers as Chelsea lose to Leicester

Chelsea ‘s 2-0 defeat to Leicester on Tuesday leaves the Blues in eighth place in the Premier League and piles more pressure on manager Frank Lampard.

His side have been in a poor run of form in the league, managing just two wins in their last eight games, and speculation has been rife that Lampard could be sacked.

One of the names linked as a potential replacement for Lampard is current Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers, who has impressed at the King Power Stadium since joining from Celtic in 2019.

Having previously managed Chelsea’s youth and reserve teams after being invited to join the club by former boss Jose Mourinho, Rodgers has been linked with a return to Stamford Bridge if Lampard is sacked.

Brendan Rodgers has done a fine job since leaving Celtic for Leicester
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However, the Athletic has claimed that Rodgers is an unlikely candidate to get the job, having “said and done things over the years which did not go down too well with the hierarchy.”

Speaking to talkSPORT, the Athletic’s Chelsea reporter Simon Johnson said: “He’s definitely valued as a coach, and who wouldn’t value him as a coach because of the jobs he’s done at Leicester and Celtic.

Rodgers started his coaching career at Stamford Bridge under Jose Mourinho in 2004
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“He made an impression when he was in charge of the youth and reserve teams. But there are a lot of things Brendan has said and done over the years which did not go down too well with the hierarchy.

“I think if Chelsea are going to appoint another manager they might be looking elsewhere. But he’d definitely be lower down on the list.”

Speaking after the defeat to Rodgers’ Leicester, Lampard admitted he was concerned by his side’s poor run of form, saying: “I’m worried.

“We should be better than five losses in eight. It takes character…

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