Brendan Rodgers named new Leicester City manager

Brendan Rodgers replaces Claude Puel as the new Leicester City manager Credit: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire/PA Images

Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers has been named as the new Leicester City manager.

It's after Claude Puel left the club on Sunday, following their 1-4 home defeat to Crystal Palace. Leicester are now 12th in the Premier League table.

The Foxes welcome Brighton at home tonight, and are still looking for their first win of 2019.

Leicester's King Power Stadium Credit: Nigel French/PA Wire/PA Images

He's now Leicester's third permanent manager since they sacked title-winning boss Claudio Ranieri in February 2017.

Rodgers, 46, has been in charge at Parkhead since 2016 and has twice led Celtic to the title. They are currently eight points clear of second-placed Rangers.

"It feels great, it’s obviously come very quickly and obviously, of course, over the last few days, but I know I’m joining a fantastic club that has grown so quickly over these last few years.... I’m just delighted to be here. I think there was a number of reasons [why I joined]. I was certainly in no hurry to leave Celtic. Celtic is a club that’s a huge club worldwide, a renowned club, and I loved working with the players there.We were on a journey of great success over these last years but when the opportunity came to talk to Leicester and I was able to analyse it, it allowed me to think that I’d probably achieved and taken the club maybe at Celtic as far as I could at this moment".

Brendan Rodgers speaking to LCFC TV

“I’m absolutely delighted to bring a manager of Brendan’s calibre to Leicester City and I look forward to seeing what he, our talented, young squad and our dedicated, skilled team of staff can achieve together. As projects, including the development of our new training ground and the proposed expansion of King Power Stadium continue to take shape, and as a young squad of great potential begins to mature, Brendan and his colleagues arrive at an exciting time for Leicester City. We’re continuing to grow as a Club and I am anticipating that Brendan’s coaching methods, knowledge and experience can enhance our journey.”

Aiyawatt Srivaddhanaprabha, Leicester City Vice Chairman