Kasper Schmeichel: 'Overfamiliarity' may have caused Rodgers departure

‘Sometimes the message doesn’t have the same impact’: Kasper Schmeichel claims Brendan Rodgers lost his touch at Leicester after four years with the Foxes – but insists he helped the team play ‘the best football the club has seen’

  • Kasper Schmeichel says ‘overfamiliarity’ caused Brendan Rodgers’ departure 
  • Rodgers left Leicester by mutual consent after over four years in charge 
  • Schmeichel praised Craig Shakespeare, who returned as assistant coach 

Former Leicester goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel has claimed that ‘overfamiliarity’ may have led to Brendan Rodgers’ departure from the club.

Rodgers received much praise for his work at Leicester and guided the Foxes to FA Cup glory in 2021, but the club have struggled this season.

Early last month Rodgers left Leicester by mutual consent, with the club looking to ensure that they could avoid relegation from the Premier League.

Schmeichel, who played under Rodgers, praised his former boss but says that the message that a manager gives can lose its meaning eventually. 

Speaking on Sky Sports’ Monday Night Football, Schmeichel said: ‘Brendan is one of the best managers I’ve ever seen up close. I only have good things to say about him.

Kasper Schmeichel says ‘overfamiliarity’ may have led to Brendan Rodgers leaving Leicester

Schmeichel praised Rodgers but stated that the same message can eventually lose its impact

‘When you hear the same message over and over again sometimes the message might not have the same impact even if it’s the right message. That happens sometimes in managerial cycles. Only time will tell. Particularly the first two years of Brendan being there it’s the best football as a club Leicester’s ever played.’

Leicester brought in Dean Smith, whose coaching staff includes a man with previous experience of working at Leicester in Craig Shakespeare.

Shakespeare had a spell as Leicester boss in 2017 having previously worked as an assistant coach. 

Schmeichel was full of praise for Craig Shakespeare, who returned as assistant manager

Schmeichel believes the fact that Shakespeare didn’t require an adaptation period to the club or the division is a huge positive.  

Schmeichel said: ‘When you get rid of a manager of the calibre of Brendan you’ve got to get someone in who can get that managerial bounce. Dean Smith is one of those guys who can come in and lift the spirits, give a bit of confidence.

‘Shakespeare, the club knows him, he doesn’t need an integration period. From knowing him I can imagine intense sessions, lots of humour and trying to get the smiles on people’s faces.’

Chelsea legend John Terry was also brought in as part of the Leicester coaching staff, which Schmeichel believes is a positive move. 

He said: ‘John Terry coming in as well, well respected player all around the Premier League. It’s the best they could have done in the circumstances that they’re in and now hope that it will be enough. The win against Wolves was massive.’ 

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