Leicester manager Brendan Rodgers again dismisses links to Man United job as ‘gossip’

Brendan Rodgers dismisses links to Manchester United job as ‘gossip’, with the Leicester boss reaffirming his commitment to the club as he searches for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s replacement

  • Brendan Rodgers is considered a summer candidate to take over at Man United
  • Michael Carrick in temporary charge after Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s sacking
  • United Hierarchy plans to speak with five interim candidates in the coming weeks
  • But Leicester boss has again distanced himself from Old Trafford links


Brendan Rodgers has reiterated his commitment to Leicester despite continued job ties to Manchester United.

sports post understands that the former Liverpool manager is considered a candidate to succeed Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as United’s permanent manager in the summer.

Michael Carrick has taken over as agent while sports post understands that the club’s hierarchy has named a five-man shortlist to take over as interim boss until May.

Brendan Rodgers has again dismissed job links at Manchester United as ‘gossip’

United are still looking for a permanent manager to succeed Ole Gunnar Solskjaer (above)

United are still looking for a permanent manager to succeed Ole Gunnar Solskjaer (above)

But Rodgers – who had already denied rumors of a move to United three days before Solskjaer was sacked – again distanced himself from the Old Trafford left, insisting he accepts the ‘gossip’ will continue until a full-time manager is appointed.

“I don’t see it as something,” said Rodgers ahead of Legia Warsaw’s Europa League visit on Thursday evening.

‘It is not real. There is always gossip and there will be until they hire a full-time manager. My commitment is to be here.

“The culture here revolves around the development of the players and that’s where I see it, even more so during this period.

Michael Carrick (right) is in temporary leadership with scheduled talks with five interim candidates

Michael Carrick (right) is in temporary leadership with scheduled talks with five interim candidates

But Foxes boss Rodgers is considered one of the candidates to become the permanent boss

But Foxes boss Rodgers is considered one of the candidates to become the permanent boss

“I respect you have stories to tell and create a story, but that doesn’t apply to me.”

Rodgers was named Foxes boss in February 2019 and has helped Leicester to two consecutive Europa League places and led them to their first-ever FA Cup success last season.

And striker Ayoze Perez has vowed the Leicester stars will not be distracted by speculation linking Rodgers to a Thursday departure.

“We don’t even think about that possibility (Rodgers leaves). What he’s shown us is he’s completely focused on where we can improve,” said the Spaniard.

Ayoze Perez (right) insists Leicester players are not distracted by the Rodgers talk

Ayoze Perez (right) insists Leicester players are not distracted by the Rodgers talk

“We don’t think about anything else, not even him. We’re really focused here.

“He’s trying to make us think about the basics (to improve the form). You should try not to overthink and exaggerate things. We are sure that victory is close. We know the importance of tomorrow and are focused on that.’

Meanwhile at United, sports post understands that Paris Saint-Germain manager Mauricio Pochettino is still interested in the position, but he is not convinced they have approached him in any significant way yet.

The ex-Tottenham boss remains United’s first choice to succeed Solskjaer and is poised to retire immediately, but the Ligue 1 giants are determined not to let him leave before the end of the season.

That has led to the club coming up with a shortlist of five men to take over from Carrick on an interim basis.

PSG boss Mauricio Pochettino (above) is United's first choice to become new permanent boss

PSG boss Mauricio Pochettino (above) is United’s first choice to become new permanent boss

Lucien Favre (above) is on a five-man shortlist for Manchester United's interim manager role

Lucien Favre (above) is on a five-man shortlist for Manchester United’s interim manager role

Ralf Rangnick – currently head of sports and development at Lokomotiv Moscow – and former Barcelona boss Ernesto Valverde are two of the names they will be speaking to.

The duo are joined by former Borussia Dortmund boss Lucien Favre and ex-Roma manager Paulo Fonseca, while the roster is completed by Rudi Garcia, who took Lyon to the semi-finals of the Champions League in 2020.

sports post understand that United do not view the five shortlisted names as permanent options and believe an interim appointment will bring stability during a chaotic season, before a more lengthy process kicks off in the summer.

sports post also understands that Steve Bruce’s agent has offered his services to United, while Unai Emery is another outside candidate.

Former Barcelona boss Ernesto Valverde is another manager on United's shortlist

On the five-man list is Ralf Rangnick who led RB Leipzig

Sportsmail may reveal Ernesto Valverde (L) and Ralf Rangnick (right) are also being discussed

Former Lyon boss Rudi Garcia is also under consideration after taking the French club to the semi-finals of the Champions League

Ex-Roma manager Paulo Fonseca is also a candidate for the role

Ex-Lyon boss Rudi Garcia (left) and Paulo Fonseca (right) are also under consideration

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