Leicester appoints Brendan Rodgers as manager

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Leicester City has named Brendan Rodgers as its new manager, the club announced on Tuesday, just two days after firing Claude Puel.

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Rodgers returned to management following his October 2015 departure from Liverpool by taking over at Scottish giants Celtic in the summer of 2016. He went on to win back-to-back league titles — to go with a pair of Scottish Cups and three Scottish League Cups — in his first two-plus seasons at the club, with a third straight triumph looking likely as they hold an eight-point lead with 11 games left to play.

Leicester had previously requested permission to speak with Rodgers — dubbed the Foxes’ no. 1 candidate — and permission was, “very reluctantly,” granted.

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According to reports out of the UK, Leicester could be forced to pay Celtic a fee of $10 million as compensation for Rodgers’ services.