Dyche says red card a hindrance

Burnley manager Sean Dyche says that his side's reaction to Leicester going down to ten men contributed to their defeat.

The Clarets lost 2-1 to Leicester at Turf Moor despite the visitors playing most of the match a man down after Harry Maguire's early dismissal for a foul on Johann Berg Gudmundsson.

James Maddison gave the Foxes the lead from a free-kick but Burnley equalised through Dwight McNeil and looked the more likely to take all three points having the extra man advantage.

However Brendan Rodgers was left celebrating his first away win as new Leicester boss after substitute Wes Morgan scored the winner in the last minute.

The win kept Leicester in the top half of the Premier League but the table looks far less attractive for Burnley who are just a place and two points clear of the relegation zone after their fourth defeat in a row.

Afterwards Dyche admitted that his side had failed to make their extra man count.

He said: "First half we didn't get to grips with it really. They went to 10 men and I think it was so early it kind of shocked us and we didn't get to grips with it.

"Second half we adjusted it and we kept the ball better without really breaking them open. But it is difficult. Teams bank in with a 4-4-1 as they often do and they look for a counter.

"They didn't really counter many times and in the end they win it on a soft set-piece from our point of view."

The Clarets have two weeks off due to the international break and Dyche says that it has come at a good time for the squad.

"The clarity has to come," Dyche added. "[The international break] gives the chance for the players to clear their minds."

Burnley return to action on 30th March when they play Wolves at home.

They are 23/10 for a welcome three points with Wolves 5/4 and the draw 11/5.

Burnley are 8/1 to win the game 1-0.

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Rodgers hails Dyche work

Brendan Rodgers is a fan of 'quality' manager Sean Dyche ahead of a meeting between their sides this weekend.

Rodgers is back in the Premier League with Leicester after a spell in Scotland and he's an admirer of Dyche and Burnley as a club.

Having steered Celtic through a couple of summers of European qualifiers, Rodgers wasn't surprised that Burnley faltered early this season, having fallen at the final hurdle in their quest to reach the Europa League knockout stages.

Dyche steadied the ship, though Burnley still find themselves 17th and just two points clear of the relegation zone with eight games remaining.

"I think Sean's done an outstanding job," said Rodgers. "Great credit to the club as well, because when they got relegated a few years back they stuck with him.

"Last year they had really good success and qualified for European football. In my experiences of going through a qualification phase, it can be very difficult, because you've got to come back in the middle of June.

"Then if you don't qualify for Europe, it can start your season on a real downer. That's probably what happened, but I think Sean has shown the quality of his management."

Burnley are 19/10 to beat Leicester on Saturday afternoon, with the Foxes 11/8 and the draw 12/5.

Rodgers' first game as Leicester boss ended in a late defeat away at former club Watford, though his side were 3-1 winners over Fulham on his King Power Stadium bow last weekend.

Leicester, eight points better off than Burnley and sitting in 10th place, are 9/1 to win 2-1 at Turf Moor.

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Rodgers expects Vardy to feature

New Leicester City manager Brendan Rodgers is confident that striker Jamie Vardy will be fit to face lowly Fulham at the King Power Stadium this weekend.

The former England frontman suffered a nasty facial injury in a clash with Hornets goalkeeper Ben Foster as the Foxes 2-1 at Watford last Sunday.

However, Rodgers believes Vardy will be raring to go on Saturday, having needed several stitches in his tongue.

"He's fine, he obviously had a bad knock," Rodgers told his pre-match press conference. "He had a couple of stitches in his tongue, but he should be fine for the weekend."

Vardy netted the City goal at Vicarage Road last Sunday and is 21/20 to score at any time against the Cottagers, with the hosts 4/7 to win the game and 11/8 to keep a clean sheet against the Londoners.

Meanwhile, City left-back Ben Chilwell has explained what Rodgers is looking for from his new charges, having spoken to the Foxes squad about his approach to the game.

Chilwell told the Leicester Mercury: "We had a meeting when we came in on what he expects from us and what we can expect from him.

"The main thing that came out of it was fact he wants us to press and to be very aggressive, and try and win the ball back quickly – be difficult to play against.

"He wants us to play a good style of football and be a team with lots of goals (but) be solid at the back as well."

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Rodgers encouraged by start

Brendan Rodgers said he has loved every minute at Leicester so far despite falling to defeat at Watford in his first game in charge.

Appointed last week to replace Claude Puel, the former Liverpool and Celtic boss saw his side lose 2-1 at Vicarage Road.

He looked set to begin his time in charge of the Foxes with a draw, Jamie Vardy levelling after Troy Deeney had given the Hornets an early lead.

However, in injury-time at the end of the game, Kasper Schmeichel's poor clearance saw Deeney find substitute Andre Gray who finished well to give the home side the points.

Rodgers said, despite the result, he was encouraged by what he had seen from his new side.

He told the BBC: "We started to get into really good areas and the goal at the end is a case of managing the game. It is something that will get better as we work together. I was pleased with the spirit of the team.

"Performance-wise it was something new for the players and they worked very, very well. It will take time to impose a lot of the ideas we want. There were a lot of good signs. I was pleased despite not getting the result."

The new Foxes boss added that he had seen signs of the spirit and intensity he had asked for and there was plenty to work on over the rest of the season.

The result keeps Leicester in mid-table with 35 points. Watford, with the victory, are on 43 points and moved level with Wolves who sit seventh.

Rodgers' first home game in charge of Leicester comes next weekend when strugglers Fulham are the visitors to the King Power Stadium.

Leicester are 8/13 to win the game with Fulham 9/2 and the draw 14/5.

The Foxes are 7/1 to win the game 1-0.

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Rodgers sets out his aims

Brendan Rodgers says his target for Leicester City next season is to challenge for a European place and aim to win a trophy.

The former Liverpool boss has been criticised for leaving Celtic with just over two months left of the season and joining a mid-table Premier League side.

Celtic fans unfurled a banner during their match against Hearts on Wednesday calling Rodgers a "fraud" for trading "immortality for mediocrity".

Celtic are attempting to win the domestic treble for the third campaign in a row while the Foxes are 11th in the Premier League table and face Watford on Sunday.

Leicester can be backed at 2/1 to beat the Hornets and at 7/2 to win the match by a one-goal margin.

"I certainly haven't swapped to come into a mediocre club. This is a fantastic club with a rich history of its own. The expectancy is to challenge for a European place and look to win a trophy," Rodgers said.
 
"Celtic supporters will hurt. I understand how they feel. For me, this was about the challenge and coming back into the Premier League.

"It was a very difficult decision. If I was making this decision with my heart I would have been at Celtic for life because it is an incredible club and one I've supported all my life.

"After nearly three years at Celtic with everything we had achieved I felt it was time to move on to my next challenge. I've had opportunities to leave but this one was too good to turn down, with the ambition that Leicester have."

Rodgers’ arrival thrills Maguire

England international Harry Maguire believes the sky is the limit for Leicester City under former Liverpool and Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers.

The Foxes moved quickly to name Rodgers as their new manager after parting company with Claude Puel on Sunday and they produced one of their better recent performances to beat Brighton 2-1 at King Power Stadium on Tuesday.

Goals by Demarai Gray and Jamie Vardy put Leicester in control of the game and the relegation-threatened Seagulls could only respond with Davy Propper's consolation strike.

Maguire said of Rodgers' appointment: "It shows great ambition from the club. There has been no hanging about and it is one that all the lads are looking forward to.

"We've got a young squad here and he brings through a lot of young players so it's a perfect fit and, like I said, from me and the boys, we're really looking forward to it so let's crack on.

"It's been really annoying and frustrating of late. We feel like we're doing well in games, we're in control of the game and then all of a sudden we find ourselves a goal down.

"It was a nervy end again and a scrappy second-half performance from ourselves with chances at both ends really. It was a really important three points."

Leicester are 21/10 to beat Watford on Sunday and 11/1 to win 2-1 at Vicarage Road.

Lennon ready to fill Hoops ‘chasm’

Neil Lennon admits there is a 'chasm to fill' after being installed as Celtic's interim manager following Brendan Rodgers' departure for Leicester City.

Lennon led Celtic to three titles from 2011 onwards before departing on his own terms having stated he could take the Hoops no further.

He now returns to Parkhead, with Celtic seemingly on the brink of winning an eighth successive Scottish Premiership crown.

They lead the way from Rangers by eight points after Rodgers departed with his perfect record intact. The new Leicester manager won seven domestic trophies out of seven after arriving in Glasgow in the summer of 2016.

He landed back-to-back trebles and has already retained the League Cup this term, but Rodgers found the lure of a move back to England's Premier League too strong as he made a swift exit on Monday.

While Lennon suggests Rodgers' departure leaves a gaping hole, he won't be attempting to make dramatic changes in his return to the Celtic dugout. He has been given the job until the end of the season.

"There's a chasm to fill with Brendan leaving," Lennon told Celtic TV.

"He's done a remarkable job, but I'm here for the club. The club comes first as do the players. I want to bring as much success during my time here as I possibly can.

"All I want to do is carry that on – it's not broken and I'm not coming in and looking to revolutionise anything."

Lennon was manager of Hibernian until an acrimonious departure from Easter Road last month.

He takes charge of Celtic on Wednesday evening in Edinburgh as they face Hearts, while his second game back at the helm is a return to Hibs in the Scottish Cup quarter-finals this weekend.

The former midfielder made 214 appearances for the Glasgow club in a seven-year spell as a player before departing in 2007.

Celtic are 8/15 to win at Tynecastle, with Hearts 5/1 to inflict defeat on the league leaders and the stalemate priced at 3/1.

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New boss sees Foxes end slump

Leicester City gave their new manager Brendan Rodgers an early boost as they ended a run of four straight home defeats with a 2-1 win over Brighton.

Rodgers was confirmed as the Foxes new boss an hour before kick-off, with the Northern Irishman having called time on his spell as Celtic manager in swift fashion to take the position that was vacated by Claude Puel on Sunday after a poor start to 2019.

The new Leicester boss was in the stands to look on and will have been pleased to see his new squad picking up three points.

Demarai Gray and Jamie Vardy scored in either half for Leicester against struggling Brighton, with the Seagulls briefly threatening late on when Davy Propper drove home to cut their arrears.

Brighton have yet to win a Premier League game in 2019, while Leicester were in the same boat having failed to win any of Puel's final seven games at the helm.

Rodgers "promised the players there are special things on the horizon" after watching their win over Brighton, according to caretaker boss Mike Stowell, who also confirmed the 46-year-old had met the players after the game.

"Brendan's pleased. He spoke to the lads in the dressing room. He was proud of them and liked the spirit," said Stowell.

"The atmosphere has lifted with a win and with the new manager because I'm sure he'll bring a lot of good things. It's exciting times.

"He's got a presentation to give to them on Thursday on what he expects from them on and off the pitch. I'm excited about watching that."

For his part, Rodgers told the Leicester City website that he would be dedicating his life to the club having taken over as manager.

"I'll give my life to make the supporters proud of their club," Rodgers said.

"Together, we'll be stronger and I'm looking forward to working with the players, staff and supporters to make the right steps forward."

The Rodgers era begins officially for the Foxes on Sunday with a trip to Watford, where they are 21/10 to win. The Hornets are 13/10 while the draw is 23/10.

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Foxes confirm Rodgers appointment

Leicester City have confirmed the appointment of Brendan Rodgers as their new manager, with Celtic bringing in Neil Lennon as interim boss to replace him.

The 46-year-old, who replaces Claude Puel after the Frenchman was sacked on Sunday, has signed a deal until June 2022 after compensation was agreed with Celtic.

The Northern Irishman, who took charge of Celtic in May 2016 and has since guided the club to back-to-back Scottish domestic trebles, while they have already lifted the Scottish League Cup this season, has brought in Chris Davies as assistant manager, Kolo Toure as first-team coach and Glen Driscoll as first-team fitness coach.

Rodgers, who will remain at the King Power Stadium to watch his new side's Premier League match with Brighton on Tuesday night, said on the club website: "I'm very privileged and honoured to be here as Leicester City manager and I'll give my life to make the supporters proud of their club.

"Together, we'll be stronger and I'm looking forward to working with the players, staff and supporters to make the right steps forward."

Leicester vice chairman Aiyawatt Srivaddhanaprabha said: "I'm absolutely delighted to bring a manager of Brendan's calibre to Leicester City and I look forward to seeing what he, our talented, young squad and our dedicated, skilled team of staff can achieve together.

"As projects, including the development of our new training ground and the proposed expansion of King Power Stadium continue to take shape, and as a young squad of great potential begins to mature, Brendan and his colleagues arrive at an exciting time for Leicester City.

"We're continuing to grow as a club and I am anticipating that Brendan's coaching methods, knowledge and experience can enhance our journey."

Meanwhile, former Celtic boss, Lennon, who guided the club to three titles from 2011 before departing in 2014, will return to take charge until the end of the season.

The 47-year-old only departed his role as Hibernian manager last month, but has been installed with immediate effect ahead of Wednesday's Scottish Premiership game against Hearts at Tynecastle.

Leicester are 11/10 to secure a top-half Premier League finish, while Rodgers' first game on the touchline is set to be a trip to his former club Watford on Sunday. The Foxes are 21/10 to win, while the Hornets are priced at 13/10 and the draw is 23/10.

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Foxes close on Rodgers appointment

Leicester City are closing in on the appointment of Brendan Rodgers as their new manager, with Celtic having granted them permission to speak to their number one target.

Rodgers, who has managed in the Premier League with both Swansea City and Liverpool, has made it known that he would like to talk to the Foxes about the opportunity to succeed Claude Puel as the man in charge at the King Power Stadium.

And the current champions of Scotland have allowed him that chances, with a short statement from the Bhoys reading: "Celtic Football Club today confirms that it has been approached by Leicester City FC to speak to Brendan Rodgers with regards to their current managerial vacancy.

"Brendan has indicated to the club that this is an opportunity he wishes to investigate further and therefore, very reluctantly, the club has granted him permission to speak to Leicester City."

Rodgers took charge of Celtic in May 2016 and has since guided the club to back-to-back Scottish domestic trebles, while they have already lifted the Scottish League Cup this season.

They are currently eight points clear at the top of the Scottish Premiership and have been drawn to face Hibernian in the quarter-finals of the Scottish Cup.

Leicester, meanwhile, are in 12th place in the Premier League standings and are without a win in their last seven games in all competitions.

City are back in action on Tuesday evening when they play host to Brighton, with the Foxes 10/11 to win the game, 11/2 to do so by a 1-0 scoreline and 5/4 to keep a clean sheet.

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