Possible Rodgers departure has surprised many

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - FEBRUARY 24: Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers is seen during the Ladbrokes Premiership match between Celtic and Motherwell at Celtic Park on February 24, 2019 in Glasgow, United Kingdom. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - FEBRUARY 24: Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers is seen during the Ladbrokes Premiership match between Celtic and Motherwell at Celtic Park on February 24, 2019 in Glasgow, United Kingdom. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

For Hearts manager Craig Levein, the possible departure of Brendan Rodgers from Celtic to Leicester City is “surprising” and “sad” at the same time.

After Claude Puel was sacked from English Premier League side Leicester City, the main candidate to replace him was Celtic’s Brendan Rodgers.

And even after the Scottish Premier League manager said he will not leave his side, and with many Scottish players and coaches believing the same, Celtic confirmed today that they granted the Foxes permission to talk to their coach.

This was surprised many, including the team’s next rival Hearts coach Craig Levein.

“It’s a surprise to me,” Levein said to Sky Sports News.

“I don’t know what Brendan’s thought process is, but I know that he was very good for Celtic.”

“He was on the brink of doing something quite spectacular. Obviously, I’m not Brendan Rodgers and I don’t know what his motivation is,” he added.

“I don’t think he could have done much more than what he’s done. In some ways, it’ll be sad to see him go, he’s been good for the game up here.

The Northern Irish manager joined Celtic in 2016. He has coached the Chelsea young, Watford, Reading, Swansea City and for three years he coached Liverpool.

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“But things change, time moves on, and obviously he’s decided he wants a new challenge.”

“He is a very good manager,” Levein continued.

“He was very close to winning the Premier League in England with Liverpool and he’s carried on that good work with Celtic, so I’m sure he’ll do well at Leicester if he goes.”

“I think more so now than maybe 20 or 30 years ago, in the days of Arsene Wenger or Alex Ferguson, staying at one club for a very long period of time is very difficult,” he added.

“There’s always an immediacy to success. Alex took a bit of time to get things going at Manchester United, but when he did get them going, he sustained that for a long period of time.”