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Premier League: Rodgers looks to be on borrowed time

With Leicester City sliding further and further away from the European places, is the end near for Brendan Rodgers and who could replace him?

Before the current campaign, the Foxes were on an upward trajectory under Rodgers, who has been in charge at the King Power Stadium since February 2019, with City now 12/1 to finish in the top six this season and 8/13 to secure a spot in the top half of the table.

Foxes built to cup triumph

Leading the club to a ninth-place finish in the 2018/19 season, the Northern Irish tactician guided City to fifth in the next campaign, narrowly missing out on a Champions League spot.

It was the same again for the East Midlands outfit in 2019/20 as they were edged out of the top-four positions, having to settle for fifth place for a second season running.

However, Rodgers did manage to deliver FA Cup success for the first time in the club's history, as they overcame Chelsea 1-0 at Wembley thanks to a 63rd-minute strike from Youri Tielemans.

New faces increased optimism

Looking to build on that cup triumph and mould a squad capable of winning the Premier League title for the second time, Leicester added no less than five new faces to their squad in the summer.

Patson Daka came in from Salzburg in a bid to provide cover and competition for striker Jamie Vardy, while left-back Ryan Bertrand and centre-back Jannik Vesteragaard both joined from Southampton.

Winger Ademola Lookman also came in on a season-long loan from RB Leipzig, while Boubakary Soumare made the switch from Lille to add more steel in the heart of midfield.

Downward spiral

Having splashed some cash and reinforced his squad, it all looked set-up for another positive season for Leicester as they aimed to challenge for the top four and even the title again.

However, it has largely been a disappointing campaign and the Foxes find themselves down in 11th place in the Premier League, a massive 14 points off the Champions League places.

Rodgers' men are on a five-game winless run across all competitions, which included an FA Cup defeat at the hands of Nottingham Forest, while they are yet to taste success in the league in 2022.

Leicester were also knocked out of the Europa League at the group stage earlier in the season, although they did finish third to drop into the Europa Conference League to stay in the hunt for some silverware.

The play under the former Liverpool boss this term has left a lot to be desired and he recently spoke about the need for his squad to undergo a revamp come the summer window.

Rodgers had wanted to strengthen in January but he was left frustrated as none of his targets were snapped up, leaving him to continue with the same crop of players until the next window.

There is one problem in that plan, though, with the fact the owners may not be willing to keep the manager in charge if results don't improve soon.

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Rodgers to be sent packing?

The next few fixtures are potentially huge in deciding Rodgers' future at the club, with a string of bad results increasing the chances of him being shown the exit door.

A two-legged Europa Conference League clash against Randers comes either side of a trip to Wolvesn in the Premier League, while they then visit Burnley and host Leeds United at the beginning of March.

An exit from Europe and failure to get at least six points from those three top-flight encounters could mark the end of what had been a generally successful time at the King Power for the 49-year-old.

Candidates for the Foxes job

If Rodgers does get the boot, there are sure to be several managers that would enjoy the chance to manage Leicester and attempt to get them back to the top.

The first name that rolls off the tongue is Brighton boss Graham Potter, whose stock continues to rise as he has the Seagulls punching above their weight.

The South Coast outfit are ninth in the table and they boast one of the best defensive records in the division, with their goals against tally of 23 only bettered by Manchester City (14), Wolves (17), Chelsea (18) and Liverpool (19).

Potter plays an attractive, aesthetically-pleasing style of football that draws praise from all areas of the game, it is just a lack of cutting edge that has blighted Brighton.

With Vardy still churning out performances and the Foxes' squad packed with attacking talent, he could be a great option to take the club onto the next level.

Lucien Favre is another that could be suited to the Leicester post, should it become available.

The Swiss tactician had Borussia Dortmund playing some attack-minded football during his spell as manager from 2018-2020 and he would certainly bring excitement to the King Power Stadium.

The 64-year-old has been out of work since leaving BVB and having been targeted by Newcastle United before they brought in Eddie Howe, he could be tempted into making the switch to the Premier League for the first time and testing himself in England.

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