Rafa Was Never Going To Take The Job!

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At 12/1 Rafa was always an outside chance of taking over at Leicester, but until Brendan Rodgers walked through the door, there was always the fear we could lose him.

Even though he said - point blank - "I am not interested in the Leicester job."

Leicester caretaker boss Mike Stowell said Brendan Rodgers had his players in awe listening to his first talk as new Foxes boss when he addressed them after Tuesday's win over Brighton.

Demarai Gray and Jamie Vardy struck to seal a gritty 2-1 win as Rodgers watched from the stands at the King Power Stadium.

The 46-year-old joined from Celtic earlier on Tuesday, signing a deal until 2022, and Rodgers spoke to the squad afterward the game - leaving an instant impression.

Stowell said: "He's just come into the dressing room after the game. He was very positive, bouncing. We're all desperate to start working with him.

"He said before that he was just going to leave it and observe from up there. He said call the subs yourself and just get on with it but he's going to bring something special to the club.

"He spoke and the lads were in awe listening to him. He said 'I've only left to come here for one reason and that's to work with this group of players'. That speaks volumes for this young group of players."

 

Brighton are just three points above the relegation zone and are yet to win in the top flight in 2019.

Chris Hughton's side are winless in seven and the only team in England's top four divisions yet to win this year, and the boss bemoaned Murray's miss.

He said: "There'll be no one more disappointed that him. If there's anyone you want those chances to go to, it would be him. But he's certainly not going to shy away from putting himself in the firing line.

"Of course the game is won and lost at both ends and at the moment we're not putting away opportunities and so we have to make sure we're not conceding.

"Those small margins are not going for us at the moment and it's only us that can do something about it."