Under-fire Brendan Rodgers insists he still has ‘big energy’ to manage Leicester despite poor run of form… with club now hoping Europa Conference League run can help rescue disappointing season
- Brendan Rodgers’ Leicester are on a run of just one victory in six games
- They face Randers in the play-off round of the Europa Conference League
- A long run in Europe could help restore the feelgood factor that has been absent
- Rodgers signed a new Foxes deal in November 2019, which expires in 2025
Brendan Rodgers insists he has lost none of his appetite to manage Leicester as the club begin a European journey they hope will rescue their season.
Rodgers has been under increasing pressure in recent weeks after a run that has brought only one win in six games.
The Foxes face Danish club Randers on Thursday in the play-off round of the Europa Conference League – Europe’s new third-tier competition – following their elimination from the Europa League in December.
Brendan Rodgers (above) insists he has lost none of his appetite to manage Leicester
Rodgers’ men have been on a run recently that has brought only one win in six games
With Leicester treading water in the Premier League, a long run in Europe could help restore the feelgood factor that has been absent from last year’s FA Cup winners this term.
‘The nature of football is that there isn’t so much time,’ reflected Rodgers. ‘It wasn’t so long ago that you are deemed an elite manager, having won the FA Cup but then very quickly you’re not.
‘But I get that. That’s the game. What’s important to me in life is to do your very best. I feel I’m doing that here with what we have and together we have made some great steps.
‘I love the people at the club, I love working with the players here and that’s all I will continue to do. I will do that with a smile until someone tells me differently.
The feelgood factor has been absent from last year’s FA Cup winners so far this campaign
‘And if they do, I will have done my very best with the resources that I have and then I’ll move on. But until then I have a big energy for the team, for the club and for my contract.’
After taking over as Leicester manager in February 2019, Rodgers signed a new deal in November that year, which expires in 2025.
With Leicester 10 points adrift of Sunday’s opponents Wolves, the Conference League may prove their best chance of remaining in European competition next season, with the winner earning a Europa League spot.
Rodgers added: ‘We are in this competition now and we will do everything we can to win it.’
Rodgers signed a new deal at the King Power in November 2019, which expires in 2025
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