Sky Sports reported earlier today that Brendan Rodgers has become Newcastle’s number one target to take over when Steve Bruce is let go. The report comes from Sky Sports Italy’s Gianluca Di Marzio.
Here is a report on Sky Sports with local journalist Keith Downie providing some more information.
Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers is the 'number 1' target to take over as Newcastle manager according to Sky in Italy.
It would cost €16m to get Rodgers out of his contract which will not be a problem for Newcastle.
— Football Daily (@footballdaily) October 13, 2021
Downie emphasizes in his report that the claim comes from Di Marzio and not from his sources. Looking at Di Marzio’s initial report it is very scant on details. The most prevalent one being that Rodgers has a €16m (£13.6m) release clause in his contract.
If you combine the cash to take Rodgers from Leicester with the close to £8m Newcastle would have to pay Bruce in compensation, it’s quite a large amount of money for this particular managerial swap.
It didn’t take long for someone to refute this breaking news. John Percy with the Telegraph has rebutted this claim and emphatically states that Rodgers has no desire to leave the King Power Stadium. His colleague Luke Edwards has vouched for Percy’s accuracy in his reporting.
— Luke Edwards (@LukeEdwardsTele) October 13, 2021