Brendan Rodgers became the 11th manager to be sacked after Leicester City parted ways with the manager by mutual consent in the wee hour of Sunday, April 2nd.
With Leicester in 19th position in the league table and facing potential relegation, the club believe axing the unfruitful manager will prevent further ruins.
Manager Rodgers’s last game in charge of Leicester was Saturday’s 2-1 defeat to another struggling team, Crystal Palace which left them with 25 points from 28 Premier League games played this season.
Former Premier League champions, Leicester have not won a single match in all competitions since February 11, losing six of their last seven matches.
Leicester hoisted the Premier League trophy in the 2015-16 season against all odds but are now in the dungeon of potential relegation following their fall after nine seasons in the top flight.
According to the club’s alibi for sacking Rodgers, they claimed they didn’t see the desired performance the team is famous for, and instead of improvement, the club keep on declining under his watch.
Leicester chairman Aiyawatt Srivaddhanaprabha said: “Performances and results during the current season have been below our shared expectations.”
“We had believed that continuity and stability would be key to correcting our course.”
To prevent more damage, the club had to part ways with him as they believe the remaining 10 games in the Premier League are enough to bring them out of the relegation zone and redeem their Premier League status.
Aiyawatt added: “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 50-year-old Irish manager, Rodgers joined Leicester City in February 2019 after a successful stint with Scottish club Celtic where he won the Premiership with them twice as well as two domestic trebles.
Rodgers guided Leicester City to their first FA Cup victory in 2021 when they defeated Chelsea 1-0 in the final as well as consecutive fifth-placed finishes in the Premier League between 2019-2021.
However, the club couldn’t hold on to their vigorous form after they failed to reinforce their squad much at the close of last season last year, finishing eighth in the league table.
Leicester chairman, Srivaddhanaprabha didn’t hesitate to appreciate Rodgers for his effort towards the club and his achievements so far, claiming the club experienced its finest footballing moments under his guidance.
The chairman, following Rodgers’s disengagement, urged the players, staff, and fans to work together in redeeming their dignity in the Premier League campaign.
He said: “The achievements of the team under Brendan’s management speak for themselves.”
“We’ve experienced some of our finest footballing moments under his guidance and will always be grateful to him and his staff for the heights they helped us to reach on the pitch.”
“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.”
Following Rodgers’s departure from Leicester’s job, the coach became the 11th manager to be sacked in the Premier League this season.
Premier League’s manager sacking spree extended to Chelsea FC as Graham Potter became the 12th manager to be removed in this campaign after Rodgers. This makes the 2022-2023 season the campaign with the highest number of sacked managers.
Earlier in the day, April 2nd, Leicester City axed their head coach Brendan Rodgers as the club find themselves in a relegation battle.
The same day, Chelsea sacked their newly appointed coach Graham Potter who replaced Thomas Tuchel, after dropping Chelsea to 11th place in the table, with 38 points from 28 matches.
The first Premier League manager to be sacked this season was Scott Parker, who was disengaged by newly-promoted Bournemouth in August last year.
The only clubs in the bottom half who have not changed their managers are West Ham United and Nottingham Forest.
Rodgers’ assistant manager Chris Davies has also left the club and coaches Adam Sadler and Mike Stowell will take charge of training pending the time a new manager will be brought in.
Below are all the managers who have been sacked so far in the 2022-2023 Premier League season
Scott Parker – Bournemouth
Thomas Tuchel – Chelsea
Bruno Lage – Wolves
Steven Gerrard – Aston Villa
Ralph Hassenhutl – Southampton
Frank Lampard – Everton
Jesse Marsch – Leeds
Nathan Jones – Southampton
Patrick Viera – Crystal Palace
Antonio Conte – Tottenham Hotspur
Brendan Rodgers – Leicester City
Graham Potter – Chelsea