Under-fire Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers says he doesn’t anticipate the sacking despite fans demanding his head after the 0-0 draw with Crystal Palace.
The Foxes remain in the last three after 10 games after Saturday lunchtime’s stalemate with Palace, where midfielder James Maddison missed his last chance to impress onlooker England boss Gareth Southgate ahead of next week’s World Cup squad announcement.
Fans booed and demanded Rodgers’ sacking and held up a sign in the stands saying it was ‘time for action’, but the Northern Irishman doesn’t expect to go anywhere.
He revealed that he met with owner Aiyawatt Srivaddhanaprabha, who shook his head the whole time and had good conversations.
Rodgers said: “Top is a good guy and it’s great for him to be here. You have to fit into the story, we haven’t won a football game yet and he’s like us, he wants to win and do well. There is no problem.
“You understand the difficulties that there will be this year as we cannot improve, but he wants to win.
“But I’ve always had great support from them. I had long conversations yesterday. I have no reference to anything but I understand football.
“It will never change – my feeling for him – if he has to change anything. That’s the reality. He’s a good guy who inherited a football club in his early 30s after a tragic event and he’s been brilliant in that time.
“He gave the football club and me as much support as he could. For this he was rewarded. Now at a difficult time and a difficult time, he is still supportive.
“We’ll see how long that takes, he’ll tell me if that changes. Until then, I will keep working, staying focused and going from there.”
Rodgers says he’s used to receiving criticism, although he has done so despite recent success.
“When you’re at the bottom of the league, you’re going to get critics,” he said. “But I had critics here when we won the FA Cup and we finished fifth.
“It’s the game, it’s the nature of it. My dedication and focus is for the players to get results and hopefully bring the results to the fans.
“I can regulate this pressure, that’s no problem. I understand when we finished fifth and won the FA Cup I had critics, when you are at the bottom you will definitely have critics.
Maddison’s World Cup hopes are surely over after he failed to show anything exceptional ahead of Southgate. His late booking for the dive means he will be suspended for the next game against Leeds and will not play again before the England boss names his squad.
Rodgers said, “You can’t judge him by that one game. I thought he had a good game, I thought he was really creative. He’s a guy who plays out of position for the team.
“He’s one of the most talented creative players in the league. He’s a top player at this level. I thought he played well, but unfortunately he’s obviously looking for a penalty at the end.”
Palace manager Patrick Vieira is still waiting for his side to win away this season but lamented the lack of quality in attack.
The guests stuttered with just one shot on goal in the 90 minutes and didn’t look like a shot on goal.
“I think it was a challenging, difficult game for us, we came with the intention of playing better than we did,” said the Frenchman.
“We took too little risk, we didn’t play enough forward, we lacked the pace and quality of our ball, we didn’t do enough to win the game.
“On the other hand, we were solid enough not to concede a goal. I wanted more from the team going forward because we have the quality.”
https://www.independent.co.uk/sport/football/brendan-rodgers-james-maddison-gareth-southgate-leicester-patrick-vieira-b2203503.html Brendan Rodgers stands by his Leicester record as pressure mounts at Leicester