Report: Barcelona considering ex-Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers for top job

By David Walton

September 21, 2021

Barcelona are considering former Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers as a potential replacement for current manager Ronald Koeman, according to 90Min.

Koeman has made a poor start to the season that sees the Catalans sit seventh after four matches. This comes after a disappointing debut campaign at the Nou Camp for the Dutchman.

90Min reports that Rodgers is on a list of candidates being considered the job after continuing to bolster his reputation at Leicester City. The report claims that Barcelona are considering removing Koeman after having the same thoughts over the course of the summer.

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Rodgers has managed to make Leicester one of the EPL’s top clubs since his controversial Celtic exit. The Foxes are constant top four contenders, and have continued to battle amongst the elite.

The Northern Irishman won a double-treble at Parkhead and bagged seven consecutive trophies for the club. However, the nature of his departure has left a sour taste in the mouth of Celtic fans despite his incredible success.

Celtic legend Henrik Larsson is also currently in work with Barcelona as one of Koeman’s assistants.

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Rodgers has managed to build on his reputation steadily since leaving for England. In his two full seasons in charge, he had the Foxes battling up at the dizzy heights of second spot in spells. Both campaigns, however, ended with a respectable fifth-place finish instead. He also managed to win the FA Cup last season.

Rodgers has yet to get the club back into the Champions League spots, but it’s clear they aren’t far away. With back-to-back Europa League campaigns to his name too, he’s been able to keep the EPL side competitive.

Even so, it would still be a surprise to see Barcelona move for him. Should they decide enough is enough with Koeman, you have to imagine there will be a few names on the list ahead of the former Celtic man.

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90Min states that the likes of Antonio Conte and Joachim Low have been linked with the move too. Those are the kind of names you would associate Barcelona with.

You still feel Rodgers has still to reach the level he would’ve hoped for with Leicester. With him still having yet to break into the top four, he won’t believe he’s reached the full potential of what he can achieve with Leicester.

But we know Rodgers. If Barcelona come calling, Leicester fans shouldn’t expect him to stick around and see the project through.

In other news, Livingston boss urges Celtic to give Ange Postecoglou his own coaching staff

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