Brendan Rodgers sent message about taking over at the Arsenal
Jamie Carragher has warned Brendan Rodgers that he could damage his reputation if he decides to leave Leicester City for Arsenal.
Unai Emery was brought to the club just a few seasons ago to take the Arsenal into a new era, a different way of playing from the way Arsene Wenger played the game, and was brought in to get the club challenging for that Premier League title once again.
But despite being given a decent amount of money and despite a number of backings from the Arsenal hierarchy, the Spaniard has failed to deceive over the last 12 months and he finally got the sack, which has delighted many Arsenal fans.
And that has led to speculation in the media that Arsenal are lining up an ambitious move for Rodgers, who has turned this Leicester side into one of the best in the Premier League with his top-class management skills.
But Carragher believes the former Liverpool boss should show loyalty to Leicester after he decided to leave Celtic to join the Foxes before the end of last season.
‘Well he has got a clause, I think that’s obvious now,’ Carragher told Sky Sports.
‘I think the position Brendan Rodgers is in, there’s no doubt if you’re a player or a manager you want to get right to the top.
‘At this moment Leicester sit second in the table and won the Premier League a few years ago.
‘But we’d be lying if we all said Leicester are one of the top clubs in the country. They’re not.
‘The established big six are, wherever Leicester finish in the league, they are the big ones who think they can do something in the Champions League and spend big money.
‘I don’t think it’s right if Brendan Rodgers is even thinking about moving to Arsenal right now.
‘Whether it was right or wrong, he got a lot of criticism from Celtic supporters for moving on before he finished the season, it was a tough decision for him because this job was the job everyone wanted, managers who couldn’t get a top-six job.
‘Leicester was the job everyone wanted with the players they have, the infrastructure at the club, so he got it, took that decision and accepted he’d get stick off Celtic fans.
‘I think if he moved now he’d almost get that tag of jumping ship very quickly from places. And I think he probably would deserve if it did that right now.
‘I think it’s a bit harsh what happened with Celtic but certainly now I think he’s got to look at the next 18 months and think he’s really going to do something at Leicester.
‘And maybe after those 18 months if a Tottenham, Arsenal, obviously he’s not going back to Liverpool, Manchester United could never happen, Manchester City… I don’t know, he’s going to want to go to one of those real big clubs, that’s just a fact.’
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