Foxes fixture list kind to new Leicester boss Brendan Rodgersby Jack Kitson / 27 February 2019, 09:30Tweet
A satisfied Brendan Rodgers watched from the stands as Leicester City blew away the cobwebs of the Claude Puel era to conjure up their first win in eight matches.
Rodgers’ very presence - he was officially appointed prior to kick-off - inspired the Foxes, managed by Mike Stowell, to a 2-1 victory over Brighton as the club jumped above Bournemouth into 11th spot, one point outside of the top-10.
Rodgers, who on Sunday stated he was 100% focused on Celtic, returns to the Premier League for the first time since suffering the sacking at Liverpool back in October 2015.
After leaving the Reds the Northern Irishman decided to take a sabbatical of sorts, then ventured north of the border where he led Celtic to a double-treble - smashed a 100-year-old British domestic record with a 69-game unbeaten run - then added another League Cup trophy to his CV earlier this season.
However, despite a treble-treble being on the cards, the lure of the Premier League proved to be too strong, and he now inherits a Leicester side brimming with potential.
The Midlands outfit may have endured an inconsistent campaign so far, but the future is certainly bright. Rodgers inherits a squad which features English talent in Ben Chilwell, Harry Maguire, James Maddison, and Harvey Barnes, while on his day Jamie Vardy remains one of the most menacing and tenacious strikers in the top-flight.
"I'll give my life to make the supporters proud of their club," said Rodgers upon his arrival.
"Together, we'll be stronger and I'm looking forward to working with the players, staff and supporters to make the right steps forward."
Rodgers couldn’t have asked for a more favourable start in terms of fixtures.
Admittedly Watford - who they face on Sunday - have enjoyed a cracking campaign under Javi Gracia but the Foxes then face Fulham, Burnley, Bournemouth, Huddersfield, Newcastle, and West Ham.