Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers knows he faces the biggest challenge of his career – but wants to prove himself.
The losing Foxes host Crystal Palace on Saturday as Rodgers struggles to turn their season around.
It has been clear to him since the summer that the Foxes face a struggle after failing to improve the squad significantly and selling Wesley Fofana to Chelsea for £70m.
They’ve lost seven of their first nine games and when asked if this season would be his toughest in management, Rodgers agreed.
“Yes – but it’s one I’m looking forward to. I’ve been lucky in my career,” he said.
“Yes, I’ve lost my job a couple of times, but I’ve also won trophies. I’ve had great moments, but this is a big challenge for me now, but it’s a great coaching challenge.
“I have respect for the people here – the club and the players – and I want to be able to show that I can manage and train here. It’s important to be able to.
“I think the respect the owners show me is because they have seen my work here for over three and a half years. You know the level of our work.
“But I also respect that we need performance and results – and I believe we will get that. Patience will be important this season.
“Coming through that door certainly didn’t lack ambition, but I’m also a realist.
“It doesn’t mean being defeatist or having no faith in the players. It tries to present an expectation and a reality of where we are, how difficult the market has been for us, and to assess and monitor the improvements made by the other teams.
“Forest spent £150m on new players and then you have the other teams. When we weren’t even close to this market that tells you something.
“The players see that too and we also see where the squad stands and maybe where the players stand in terms of age and everything else. It has changed since I arrived almost four years ago. It is a long time.”
https://www.independent.co.uk/sport/football/brendan-rodgers-wesley-fofana-premier-league-crystal-palace-leicester-b2203241.html Brendan Rodgers excited about the biggest challenge of his career at Leicester