Brendan Rodgers has today been linked with a shock move to Chelsea.
The Daily Mirror have reported that the Northern Irishman is a contender to replace Italian Maurizio Sarri as his successor. Despite Zinedine Zidane reportedly being the favourite according to the Mirror, Rodgers’ name has also been touted.
Sarri has been struggling at Stamford Bridge in recent times. His Chelsea outfit have slipped down the table to sixth in recent times, and were knocked out of the FA Cup by Manchester United on Monday. He is still in the Europa League and looks favourite to progress past Malmo and into the last-16, but the warning lights are flashing.
Sure, there’s probably not much to these links. It’s difficult to see the Chelsea fans being too pleased if the club went for Rodgers. They would likely see it as a lack of ambition considering the other options available to them.
But, just to have Rodgers’ name linked with Samford Bridge shows how well he’s valued down south. The rumour also comes soon after being linked with the Leicester City job back in January.
Ignorant elements don’t speak for the majority
It’s easy to think that the English media don’t particularly respect Rodgers’ achievements up here. After all, talkSPORT presenters Jason Cundy and Adrian Durham have both had goes at him in the past. The Celtic boss even came out and put down Cundy in the past too.
But it’s becoming more and more evident that they don’t represent the true thoughts clubs have of Rodgers down south. His name is now consistently being linked with clubs in the Premier League. Therefore, his achievements at Parkhead are clearly being recognised.
Rodgers is, of course, Celtic’s only double-treble winning manager. As he’s now eight points clear at the top of the Premiership and is closing in on the Scottish Cup, a treble-treble is clearly in Celtic’s sights.
We have to be wary of the fact this isn’t going unnoticed. With the amount of interest, even if it’s only loose, it’s clear what Celtic do domestically still carry weight of some form down south.
Rodgers certainly isn’t being monitored just because he came close to winning a title at Liverpool five years ago.
What happens in Scotland is clearly getting noticed and appreciated down south, as much as some like to pretend it isn’t.