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Former Chelsea coach Rodgers moves back to Premier League at Leicester

Former Chelsea reserve team coach Brendan Rodgers has been appointed the new manager of Leicester City.

Rodgers leaves his role at Celtic and returns to the Premier League to replace Claude Puel at the King Power Stadium.

Our next meeting with the Foxes will come on the final day of the Premier League season.

Rodgers, 46, joined the Chelsea Academy in 2004 as our youth team when Jose Mourinho was manager. Two years later he was promoted to take on the reserves and also worked under Avram Grant and Luiz Felipe Scolari at Stamford Bridge.

The Northern Irishman had previously worked at Reading as well as watching training sessions at clubs in Spain, and would eventually return to the Royals as manager following a short spell with Watford upon leaving Chelsea in late 2008.

Despite a strong start with the Royals, Rodgers was dismissed before Christmas in his first season but was back in work at Swansea the next summer.

It was at the Liberty Stadium that he really made his mark, securing promotion at the end of his first campaign, beating Reading 4-2 in the play-off final thanks to a hat-trick from ex-Chelsea man Scott Sinclair. His side adapted to life in the Premier League well and finished a comfortable 11th place.

This caught the attention of Liverpool, where he took over from Kenny Dalglish in the summer of 2012, and in his first season finished seventh before challenging for the title during the 2013/14 season.

They were five points clear at the top with three games to play before Mourinho and Chelsea went to Anfield and won 2-0 in late April, handing the impetus to Manchester City, who went on to lift the trophy. Rodgers was named the LMA Manager of the Year.
 

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He eventually left Anfield in late 2015, returning to management with Celtic two-and-a-half years ago, lifting the Scottish Premiership and Scottish Cup in each of his full seasons in charge.

Rodgers returns to the Premier League with Leicester in 12th place ahead of the midweek round of fixtures. He will take charge of the weekend’s game against Watford at Vicarage Road.
 

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