Emile Heskey exclusive interview: Brendan Rodgers IS the man to turn things around at Leicester

EXCLUSIVE: Brendan Rodgers IS the man to revive Leicester’s fortunes, emphasizes former Foxes striker Emile Heskey – but they must ‘fight in every game’ to stop their slump

  • Emile Heskey has backed Brendan Rodgers to change things at Leicester
  • The Northern Irishman is currently bottom of the Premier League
  • But former Foxes striker Heskey insists he has ‘faith’ in Rodgers to make things better
  • He claims they should aim for seven points from their next five games

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Emile Heskey has backed Brendan Rodgers to turn the tide at struggling Leicester.

The Midlands side are currently bottom of the Premier League table, already four points away from safety, with just one league win all season.

Former Foxes striker Heskey insisted Sports post in an exclusive interview that Rodgers is the man to turn things around – but added that they have to ‘fight’ every game to get out of trouble.

Emile Heskey backed Brendan Rodgers (above) to turn things around at struggling Leicester

The Foxes are currently bottom of the Premier League table and four points away from safety

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He said: ‘Brendan Rodgers is having a hard time, but I’m still confident he’s the man to get us out of that situation. It’s been hard for him. We need to get back to that graft and hard to beat and break down.

‘This is the thing about Leicester and Leicester folks, we’re entrants. We want that fight back, to be a stubborn side.

“I still think he’s the man to get us out of this hole, but you can’t get adrift anymore – once that happens it’s going to be mentally draining for the players. The next five games are very important, seven points of that and you’re happy.

Supporters are frustrated with the situation at the club, with some calling for Rodgers to leave

Ex-Foxes striker Emile Heskey told Sportsmail in an exclusive interview that Rodgers is the right man to revive their fortunes

“When we played Forest in the local derby, everyone was ready and it seemed like they gave that little bit more and that little bit extra. You want that fight in every game, it shouldn’t just be in a derby.’

Leicester’s only top-level win this campaign came in a 4-0 win over Nottingham Forest in the East Midlands derby on 3 October.

Northern Ireland’s Rodgers stormed out of the media on Monday, furious at a reporter’s ‘outrageous’ questions that it was too expensive for the club to sack him over his £10million-a-year contract.

Heskey is now First Team Technical Coach for Leicester Women’s side, bottom of the WSL table

And Heskey claimed it is crucial that the Foxes keep star player James Maddison in the January transfer window amid Newcastle interest.

He added: ‘We don’t want to be a feeder club, we want to keep our best talent, we don’t want to keep selling, selling, selling.

“It’s important for who and what we want to be as a club. It won’t be long before he shows what he is capable of in England as well.’

Emile Heskey will work as an expert for Amazon Prime Video on the Leicester vs Leeds match on October 20.

Prime Video will broadcast 20 Premier League matches throughout the 2022/23 season, including matches such as Manchester United v Tottenham Hotspur, Liverpool vs West Ham and Newcastle United v Everton.

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