Next Leicester Manager Odds: Who Could Replace Brendan Rodgers?
Leicester manager Brendan Rodgers is skating on thin ice after presiding over a run of three straight league defeats since the Premier League resumed on Boxing Day.
The Foxes are now teetering a mere two points above the drop zone, and betting sites have slashed the odds on them being relegated to just 5/1.
Rodgers cut a forlorn figure on the touchline as his team slumped out of the Carabao Cup, losing 2-0 away to Newcastle on Tuesday night.
He blamed the loss on the club's lack of activity in the transfer market, which is the kind of talk that often leads to managers losing the dressing room.
Six Premier League managers have already left their posts in the Premier League sack race this term, and Rodgers could now be the next in the firing line.
The top UK bookmakers are already offering odds on who will replace him as Leicester boss, with lots of interesting contenders in the mix.
Read on to learn more about the candidates and their chances of replacing Rodgers in the Leicester hotseat.
The former Burnley manager has been out of work since the Clarets sacked him towards the end of last season.
However, he left Turf Moor with his reputation largely intact after keeping the club afloat for many years in the top flight, despite operating on a shoestring budget (like Leicester currently appear to have).
His services are likely to be in demand as the relegation battle intensifies this season, as he survived many similar scraps in the past.
Leicester are now just two points clear of the relegation zone and that is largely down to their woeful defensive record.
They have conceded 31 goals in 18 games, many of them stemming from an ongoing inability to defend set pieces.
The Foxes have one of the worst defensive record in the division, and Dyche could be the man to sort that situation out.
As such, he is the 3/1 favourite with football betting sites to become the next permanent Leicester City manager.
Frank has emerged as a leading candidate for the Leicester job after turning Brentford into one of the most exciting teams in the Premier League.
The Bees returned to the top flight following a 74-year hiatus when they beat Swansea in the Championship playoff final in 2021.
They were the heavy favourites to be relegated, but Frank earned rave reviews by guiding his team to a creditable 13th place finish.
Some pundits expected them to struggle this term after losing star playmaker Christian Eriksen in the summer.
However, Brentford have been even more impressive this time around: they currently sit ninth in the standings after embarking on a six-game unbeaten streak in the league, which includes victories over Man City and Liverpool.
As such, Frank is in high demand, and he is now the 5/1 second favourite with Paddy Power to replace Rodgers at Leicester.
Brentford will fight to keep him at the club, but the lure of moving to a more established Premier League side and a bigger fanbase could turn his head.
Benitez is currently priced at 9/1 with Betfair to replace Rodgers as Leicester manager, and he is certainly a strong candidate.
The Spaniard did not exactly cover himself in glory during an ill-fated spell at Everton last season, when the Toffees lost 10 of his 19 games at the helm.
However, his CV remains very impressive, having won the Champions League at Liverpool, the Europa League at Chelsea and two La Liga titles with Valencia.
A few months ago, presenter Richard Keys claimed that Benitez had applied for the Leicester job after witnessing their deterioration under Rodgers.
He has been linked with replacing the incumbent boss ever since, and he has the tactical acumen to steer them away from danger.
Much has been made of his struggles at Everton, but his history with Liverpool was always going to make that a difficult job.
Benitez could enjoy a new lease of life at the King Power Stadium, having previously excelled at both Liverpool and Newcastle in the Premier League.
Benitez still lives in Liverpool with his family, and he would surely be tempted by the chance to work with Leicester’s talented squad, so he looks like a very compelling option for punters right now.
The former Spurs and PSG boss would be a very intriguing alternative to Dyche and Benitez if Leicester part ways with Rodgers.
He favours an attacking, high-pressing style, which could suit the likes of Jamie Vardy, Harvey Barnes and James Maddison.
The Argentinian coach won Ligue 1 with PSG last season, but he was fired after failing to bring the Champions League to Paris.
Yet he still has a formidable reputation in English football, having exceeded expectations at Tottenham and Southampton.
Signing Pochettino would represent a major coup for Leicester, but he may turn the job down while biding his time for an offer from a bigger club - he is favourite in the next Chelsea manager betting odds for example.
He is linked with a return to Spurs as because of the volatility that surrounds Antonio Conte, while other outlets have suggested he could replace David Moyes at West Ham.
Competition could be fierce for Pochettino’s signature, so he is now 10/1 to replace Rodgers, having drifted out from 9/2 earlier in the season.
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Bielsa is another Argentinian coach that likes to play attacking, swashbuckling football, so he is cut from a similar cloth to Pochettino.
His Leeds team were often a joy to watch - constantly willing to take risks, commit men forward and overload the opposition in a bid to score.
However, they were also very vulnerable in defence, so he might not be the most prudent replacement for Rodgers when you consider how vulnerable the Foxes have looked at the back this season.
He is also linked with West Ham, which could be a more natural fit for Bielsa, so he is out at 10/1 with betting apps for the Leicester job.
Ruud van Nistelrooy
The former Man Utd striker is a leftfield candidate for the Leicester role after making a strong start to his tenure as PSV Eindhoven manager.
The Dutchman took the top job at PSV in March 2022, having previously managed various youth teams and the reserve team.
He has overseen 27 Eredivisie matches thus far and earned 2.04 points per game during that time.
PSV are currently third in the standings, but they trail league leaders Feyenoord by just three points, while they also impressed when beating Arsenal in the Europa League.
Van Nistelrooy knows the Premier League well thanks to his time at United, which saw him win the Golden Boot as the Red Devils were crowned champions at the end of the 2002-03 campaign.
He is priced at 14/1 for the Leicester job, which looks like an intriguing option.
The former Norwich manager is slowly rebuilding his reputation at Borussia Monchengladbach after landing the job in the summer.
They are up to eighth in the Bundesliga table after battling to a 4-2 win against Borussia Dortmund before the World Cup break, and they are now priced at 8/1 with new betting sites to clinch a top four finish.
Farke gained plenty of Premier League experience during a three-and-a-half year stint at Norwich, but he holds the unwanted distinction of embarking on the longest losing streak for any manager in English top-flight history.
The Canaries lost 15 Premier League games in-a-row during Farke’s time at the club, so it is hard to see Leicester moving for him, with odds of 16/1 on that outcome.
Neil Lennon, Scott Parker and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer are all also priced at 16/1 to replace Rodgers as Leicester manager.
Parker has just taken over as manager of Club Brugge, so that is an unappealing option, while Lennon is not a natural fit either, having never previously managed in the Premier League.
Solskjaer is also on the hunt for an interesting new job after Manchester United sacked him last season following a dismal run of results.
The Norwegian manager led the Red Devils to a second-place finish in the Premier League, and he had a better win record than Jose Mourinho, Louis van Gaal and David Moyes at Old Trafford.
However, he struggled at Cardiff, and there are some concerns that he may not fare quite so well away from Man Utd, making him another one to avoid in this market.
As Leicester look to avoid Premier League relegation, longer shots include Dean Smith (20/1), Steve Cooper (20/1), Kasper Hjulmand (25/1), Lucien Favre (25/1), Roy Hodgson (25/1) and Nathan Jones (25/1).
Four other potential candidates are priced at 33/1, they are Claudio Ranieri, Ruben Amorim, Thomas Tuchel and John Terry.
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