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Tuesday, 26 February 2019

Brendan Rodgers quits Celtic to take charge at Leicester City

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - FEBRUARY 24: Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers is seen during the Ladbrokes Premiership match between Celtic and Motherwell at Celtic Park on February 24, 2019 in Glasgow, United Kingdom. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)
© Getty Images GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - FEBRUARY 24: Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers is seen during the Ladbrokes Premiership match between Celtic and Motherwell at Celtic Park on February 24, 2019 in Glasgow, United Kingdom. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)
Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers has quit the Scottish champions to take charge at Leicester City.
Claude Puel was dismissed by the Foxes on Sunday after a 4-1 thrashing by Crystal Palace the previous day.
Now Rodgers is moving to the King Power Stadium after winning every domestic trophy on offer during his 32-month spell in charge at Parkhead.
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The former Liverpool chief was on course for another domestic treble this term too.
But he has elected to return to the Premier League, deciding that the opportunity to replace Puel is too good to miss.
Rodgers made clear to club chiefs his desire for a return south of the border, and Bhoys' bosses gave permission for him to speak to the Foxes after agreeing a compensation package believed to be worth in the region of £6million.
a man in a green shirt: Rodgers has filled his trophy cabinet north of the border© Credits: Reuters Rodgers has filled his trophy cabinet north of the border
While the timing is considered something of a surprise, it comes after Celtic's Europa League exit at the hands of Valencia.
The Northern Irishman is set to be joined by assistant Chris Davies, coach Kolo Toure and fitness coach Glenn Driscoll.
a person standing in front of a crowd: Rodgers' side were dumped out of Europe last week by Valencia© PA Rodgers' side were dumped out of Europe last week by Valencia
Rodgers, 46, is likely to be replaced by Neil Lennon, set for a shock return to Celtic two months after his departure from Hibernian, to lead their Scottish Premiership title charge.
Celtic currently sit eight points clear of Rangers at the top of the table and are also in the quarter-finals of the Scottish Cup - where they take on Hibs this Saturday.
Lennon's debut could come on the opposite side of Edinburgh at Tynecastle however, with Celtic facing Hearts on Wednesday night, should he be appointed in time.
a man wearing a green shirt: Lennon is returning to Celtic© Credits: PA Lennon is returning to Celtic
During his previous managerial stint at the club, Lennon won 159 of 227 games in charge, winning three Scottish league titles and two Scottish Cups.
He also spent seven years at Parkhead as a player.
Rodgers move to the East Midlands comes at a time where Leicester have fallen to 12th in the Premier League, losing five of their last six games, and are just eight points clear of the relegation zone.
Brendan Rodgers holding a fish: Rodgers is heading to the King Power© Ian MacNicol Rodgers is heading to the King Power
They were also dumped out of the FA Cup by League Two side Newport County and won just four home games under Puel this term.
Puel came in for heavy criticism over his managerial style, as well as his use of Jamie Vardy - with the ex-England striker questioning his tactics publicly.
Mike Stowell is in charge of the Foxes for Tuesday night's Premier League clash with Brighton.
Rodgers will make his bow at Watford on Sunday at Vicarage Road, a place where he has history after walking out on the Hornets to join Reading in 2009.

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