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Rodgers departs as manager after Leicester City slide into EPL bottom three

Club chairman Aiyawatt Srivaddhanaprabha said in a statement that the club’s performance this season was below expectations.

• April 2, 2023
Brendan Rodegers
Brendan Rodegers (Credit: Leicester City)

Leicester City have parted company with manager Brendan Rodgers as they look to maintain their English Premier League (EPL) status.

The Foxes dropped into the bottom three after Saturday’s last-gasp 2-1 defeat at Crystal Palace, which extended their winless run to six games.

Rodgers, who recently celebrated four years in charge at the King Power, delivered two top-five finishes in the Premier League and the club’s first-ever FA Cup success in 2021.

But he now leaves by mutual consent.

Club chairman Aiyawatt Srivaddhanaprabha said in a statement that the club’s performance this season was below expectations.

“It had been our belief that continuity and stability would be key to correcting our course, particularly given our previous achievements under Brendan’s management.

“Regrettably, the desired improvement has not been forthcoming, and with 10 games of the season remaining, the board is compelled to take alternative action to protect our Premier League status.

“The task ahead of us in our final 10 games is clear. We now need to come together —– fans, players and staff —– and show the poise, quality and fight to secure our position as a Premier League club.”

Rodgers’ assistant Chris Davies and first-team fitness coach Glen Driscoll have also left.

First-team coaches Adam Sadler and Mike Stowell have been put in immediate caretaker charge, tasked with preparing the side for Tuesday’s crunch clash with Aston Villa.

(dpa/NAN)

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