Brendan Rodgers rules out replacing Jose Mourinho at Tottenham despite labelling Spurs a ‘huge club’ as he insists he is fully committed to continuing his project at Leicester
- Tottenham are on the lookout for a new manager after sacking Jose Mourinho
- The decision came just six days before the Carabao Cup final against Man City
- Brendan Rodgers was viewed as one of the frontrunners for the vacant job
- But the Leicester manager has now ruled out taking over in north London
Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers dismissed links to the Tottenham job and insisted he wants to progress at the Foxes.
Spurs are looking for a new manager after Jose Mourinho was sacked on Monday.
They are seventh in the Premier League and face Manchester City in the Carabao Cup final on Sunday, with former midfielder and current academy coach Ryan Mason put in charge until the end of the season.
Brendan Rodgers is very keen to see his work through at Leicester despite links to Tottenham
Under Rodgers, Leicester have become top-four challengers and reached their first FA Cup final for 52 years by beating Southampton on Sunday.
Rodgers has been at the King Power since February 2019 and wants to continue his work.
He said: ‘It’s football, there is always speculation around, every job which comes up there will always be different managers speculated to go in.
‘Tottenham is a fantastic club, it’s a huge club but my focus is here. I’m at a world-class training facility, the project we’re in here we still want to develop and have a lot of work to do.
‘I have a great connection with the players, the board and we have plans to keep progressing.
Ryan Mason has taken caretaker charge of Tottenham until the end of the campaign
‘While I have the energy, the happiness and see that challenge continuing I’m very happy to be here. You can’t stop gossip but I don’t think about it.’
Rodgers, though, insisted Mourinho’s quality should not be in doubt despite leaving Spurs after 17 months in charge.
He said: ‘Jose is a world-class manager. The thing which disturbs me a little is how it gets questioned. What he has done in the game, he should be able to position the expectations. He has earned that respect to be able to do that.
‘You are not a world-class manager one day and then you go to a job and it doesn’t quite work out and you’re not. He is clearly a winner, he will always be a winner.
‘I’m disappointed for Jose, I know him personally and know he is a world-class manager, he has shown that over his career.
Jose Mourinho was fired by Tottenham just six days before the Carabao Cup final at Wembley
‘He is a manager who has won and unfortunately for him that hasn’t happened at Tottenham.
‘Their expectation is to win titles and compete at the top end of the league. I have empathy for any manager who loses their job.’
The Foxes host West Brom on Thursday and Ricardo Pereira is expected to be fit despite coming off in the 1-0 FA Cup semi-final win over Southampton with a tight calf.
Rodgers added: ‘Every game is so dangerous, especially with them on the back of a couple of good results. Since January they have been really competitive.
‘They have shown against Chelsea and Southampton they are a very dangerous team.’