Cape Town - Bosses at Manchester City reportedly have an eye on how Brendan
Rodgers performs at Leicester this season as they keep in mind potential
successors to Pep Guardiola.
The former Liverpool and Celtic boss has made an impressive start to
his tenure at the King Power Stadium, having replaced sacked Frenchman
Claude Puel back in February.
The Foxes have lost just once during the opening months of the new
campaign and are currently sat in third place in the Premier League
table, with many already tipping Rodgers’ side for a sustained tilt at a
City sources have revealed Rodgers was previously on the club’s radar
back in 2010, when they spoke to the likeable Northern Irishman about
becoming assistant to then-boss Roberto Mancini.
It’s understood the
46-year-old was provided with a unique insight into City’s vision for
the future and even met with Mancini in Milan to discuss the offer of
becoming his official number two.
The club’s executives were impressed with the reputation Rodgers had
garnered whilst working as Chelsea’s youth boss under Jose Mourinho at
Stamford Bridge and he appeared to be on the verge of moving to the
Etihad when he instead accepted an offer to follow in the managerial
footsteps of Roberto Martinez at Swansea City.
That decision was respected by the officials in Manchester, who were
not surprised when Liverpool later appointed him their boss in 2012.
There is plenty of speculation doing the rounds as to who will be the
person to replace Guardiola at City when he eventually decides to move
on from England, with the Catalan still insistent he will see out his
deal which expires at the end of the 2021 season.
Former Netherlands midfielder Giovanni van Bronckhorst, 44, has been
granted behind-the-scenes access to City after stepping down as
Feyenoord coach at the end of last season, sparking rumours the former
Barcelona star is being groomed for the Pep handover.