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Maguire praises Rodgers impact at Leicester

Harry Maguire has saluted Brendan Rodgers' impact as Leicester target their best run for two years. Credit: PA

Harry Maguire has saluted Brendan Rodgers' impact as Leicester target their best run for two years.

The Foxes host Newcastle on Friday aiming for a fifth straight Premier League win, something they have not achieved since Craig Shakespeare's first games as boss in 2017.

They are seventh, leading the race for a possible Europa League spot, and Maguire believes Rodgers' influence is key.

"He's a really good coach who will improve us as a team massively. The club has shown really great ambition in luring him here," said the England defender.

"He breeds confidence into players, he's helping to bring the younger players through, does a lot of work on the training pitch and his man management is really top. He's made a really big impact.

"Over the last four games, we've started to pick up results we've warranted.

"We're scoring the first goal in a lot of games which is really important so we can kick on and get a second and third.

"The performances have been really good and I think in every game, we've deserved to win."

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Celtic give Rodgers permission to speak to Leicester

Rodgers' Celtic are currently top of the Scottish Premier League. Credit: PA

Celtic have given Brendan Rodgers permission to speak to Leicester about their managerial vacancy, Press Association Sport understands.

The Foxes are looking for a successor to Claude Puel, who was sacked on Sunday.

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

However, the former Swansea and Liverpool boss is understood to want to return to the Premier League at some stage.

Leicester City 'part company' with Claude Puel following 4-1 defeat to Crystal Palace

Claude Puel has left Leicester City Credit: PA

Leicester have sacked manager Claude Puel, the Premier League club have announced.

The 57-year-old Frenchman's final match in charge was Saturday's 4-1 home defeat to Crystal Palace.

That was Leicester's sixth defeat in their last seven matches, a run that has seen them knocked out of the FA Cup by Newport and drop down to 12th in the Premier League and eight points above the relegation zone.

A club statement read: "Leicester City football club has today parted company with Claude Puel, who leaves his position as first-team manager with immediate effect.

"The club would like to thank Claude for his efforts in leading the team during his 16 months in the role and wish him well in his future career."

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