Johnny Giles: Why Chelsea won’t appoint former Liverpool manager
Johnny Giles explains why Chelsea won't turn to appoint Brendan Rodgers as Jose Mourinho's successor at Stamford Bridge
Chelsea won’t appoint Brendan Rodgers as Jose Mourinho’s long-term successor, according to Johnny Giles.
The defending Premier League champions sacked Mourinho on Thursday evening after the west London side suffered a 2-1 loss to Leicester City at King Power Stadium on Monday night.
There is no point rushing back in because he will get another job
Rodgers has been out of a job since Liverpool terminated the Northern Irishman’s contract in October before the Reds appointed former Chelsea target Jurgen Klopp as their new manager.
The 43-year-old was photographed on the London Underground earlier this season, sparking speculation that Rodgers could be in line to take over at Chelsea, or Queens Park Rangers before Jimmy Floyd-Hasselbaink’s appointment.
Rodgers worked under Mourinho during the Portuguese’s first reign at Stamford Bridge, but former Leeds and Manchester United midfielder ruled out the ex-Liverpool manager filling the managerial void at Stamford Bridge.
“There’s no chance of him taking over,” Giles told Newstalk’s Off The Ball.
“He wouldn’t be in the running at all. There was talk of him going back to Swansea City. He might just have a break from it until the end of the season.
“He was under a lot of pressure. He can sit back and think about where he went wrong. There is no point rushing back in because he will get another job.”
Rodgers led Liverpool to a second-place finish in 2014 but the former Swansea City manager failed to win any silverware during his three-and-a-half year reign at Anfield.