Leeds move to ‘hijack’ Rodgers just wishful thinking from Scottish media

It has been widely reported north of the border that Leeds United are keen on Brendan Rodgers, and there have been many rumours of them attempting to hijack’ any possible deal the Irishman has lined up with Celtic.

It seems more like wishful thinking from our own media according to Graham Smyth, the Chief Sports Writer at the Yorkshire Evening Post who covers all things Leeds United.

13th February 2019, Lennoxtown Training Centre, Glasgow, Scotland; Celtic Training session ahead of their Europa League tie against Valencia; Celtic Manager Brendan Rodgers takes in the training session

Graham obviously knows more than our own Scottish media and he reports saying that while Brendan Rodgers is admired by the Yorkshire side, and his name has featured prominently when considered for the vacant post, he hasn’t even met with anyone connected to the club never mind being in a position to mull thorough any offer.

So there you have it, confirmed from a knowledgeable source. It seems like the Scottish media are doing a bit of stirring, something they are very good at.

Here’s what Graham Smyth reported this morning on The Yorkshire Evening Post:

Reports of a last-ditch Leeds United attempt to hijack Brendan Rodgers’ expected Celtic return are wide of the mark.

Rodgers’ managerial ability has long been admired at Elland Road and when thoughts turned to this summer’s appointment his was a name that featured prominently.

But the YEP understands that while Rodgers has not definitively turned the role down, nor has he met with the Whites and thus far hasn’t appeared keen on a return to the English second tier.

Leeds have been aware since the beginning of their manager hunt that Rodgers’ priority was a top flight opportunity. The Premier League has always felt like the Northern Irishman’s likeliest destination. Job openings in the Autumn are almost a certainty and Rodgers’ initial plan was thought to be a hiatus over the summer before he explored his options.

But his history with Celtic and a route back to the Premier League via the Scottish Premiership, one he has travelled before and one further evidenced by Steven Gerrard and Ange Postecoglou’s appointments by Aston Villa and Tottenham Hotspur, seem to have drawn him back to the game earlier than planned. Leeds’ recruitment process has moved to the interview stage this week.

26th November 2017, Hampden Park, Glasgow, Scotland; Scottish League Cup Final, Motherwell versus Celtic; Brendan Rodgers with the trophy

That’s another hurdle cleared and it is increasingly looking like Brendan is coming back home to Paradise!

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1 Comment

  1. They were supposed to be “ stirring” with the Ange story as well. Where is Ange now I wonder?