Five likely names to replace Brendan Rodgers at Leicester – including Pochettino

Brendan Rodgers is teetering on the edge at Leicester following the Foxes' absolutely torrid start to the new season.

The club have lost six on the bounce, shipped 22 goals, and, perhaps most unforgivably, find themselves trailing arch-rivals rivals Nottingham Forest – the team, as fate would have it, they face next (*gulp*).

Injuries, wantaway stars and a glaring lack of investment haven't helped, but following their 6-2 thumping at the hands of Tottenham over the weekend there's an overarching sense that Rodgers is only a defeat or two away from becoming persona non grata.

If that happens, here are five managers we think could replace the Northern Irishman at the helm.

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Sean Dyche

Let's face it, Leicester aren't that far away from being dragged into a relegation scrap, and who better to parachute in than the man who kept perennial relegation-candidates Burnley in the Premier League for five straight seasons?

Sean Dyche is, first and foremost, a pragmatic manager, which will help the Foxes stop the rot in the short term, though people close to the 51-year-old are convinced he'd have just as much success building a team who play expansive football – as Leicester do at their best.

Dyche also knows how to work with a tight budget which, according to reports, Leicester will be doing for the foreseeable future. He wouldn't be a glamorous choice, but there's nothing glamorous about being bottom of the league, is there?

Who would be your pick to replace Rodgers? Let us know in the comments section below.

Mauricio Pochettino

Speaking of glamorous choices, landing Mauricio Pochettino would be a major coup for Leicester, however improbable it might be.

The Argentine's stock has dipped a little since his underwhelming season-and-a-half at PSG, but he's still one of the most highly-rated managers in the world, a Champions League finalist and a Ligue 1 winner.

As his time at Tottenham proved, Pochettino likes a long-term project and provided Leicester can find a way to free up some funds for him to do a little shopping, would it be all that crazy to see him rocking up at the King Power?

Thomas Frank

Reports emerged earlier this week that Brentford boss Thomas Frank was high up on Leicester's list to replace Rodgers, and it isn't hard to see why.

The Dane has established Brentford as a solid Premier League side in spite of a tiny budget, and has them playing some pretty eye-catching football too.

He distanced himself from the job on Monday, insisting he was "happy" at Brentford, but should Rodgers get the sack, that stance could very easily quickly.

Marcelo Bielsa

Now this would be interesting. Marcelo Bielsa, who has been out of a job since leaving Leeds by mutual consent in February, might be just the sort of invigorative appointment Leicester need.

With squad confidence on the floor, the fiery Argentine is arguably the perfect man to whip (almost literally) Leicester's players back into shape.

Hailed as one of the most inspirational managers of all time, he'd have the instant respect of the players, and probably the fans too, and if he could turn the Foxes into the sort of high-energy, frantically-methodical side his Leeds team were at their best, that wouldn't be bad going.

Rafa Benitez

After his miserable spell at Everton, Rafa Benitez wouldn't be a particularly inspiring choice, but the Spaniard has a history of building, and even over-performing with, functional, defensively stable sides.

That's exactly what Leicester need to become after conceding 22 goals and losing key defensive figures in Wesley Fofana, Kasper Schmeichel and Ricardo Pereira (to long-term injury).

With Jamie Vardy about to turn 36, and James Maddison and Youri Tielemans heavily linked with exits, Leicester are a team on the verge of a significant transition. Entrusting that project to Benitez might not be the smartest move, but the man knows damage control, and that'll have to be the priority if they get dragged into a relegation fight.


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