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Leicester City Coach, Brendan Rodgers can take the team to new heights

Leicester City Coach and Coach of the Year, Brendan Rodgers can take Leicester to new heights, Naija News 247 naija news247 gathered.

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“You train dogs, I like to educate players”.

Leicester City Coach, Brendan Rodgers

“Every player I see as my own son”.

Leicester City Coach, Brendan Rodgers

“My world has been about creating rather than waiting”.

Leicester City Coach, Brendan Rodgers

“You can live without water for many days, but you can’t live for a second without hope”.

Leicester City Coach, Brendan Rodgers

It’s not hard to see why Brendan Rodgers became the butt of all jokes amongst football fans during his time at Liverpool.

Those quotes, all taken from Rodgers’ first few weeks as boss at Anfield, made the Northern Irishman out to be the David Brent of British management, a coach more inclined to give you a soundbite than some sound tactical advice.

His three-and-a-half years at Liverpool were successful until they weren’t and that led to a rehabilitation stint in Scotland with Celtic.

With their recent travails, that job at Parkhead looks all the more remarkable now but in a classic Rodgers move, despite three years of unbroken success and records smashed, he somehow left the club in the worst possible way and tainted what could have been a Jock Stein-esque legacy.

Leaving Celtic Park midway through the 2018/19 campaign was another bad PR move from Rodgers but the Bhoys pain turned out to be the Foxes gain.

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His two years in the east Midlands have seen a remarkable upturn in results and performances, to the point where Leicester are now, quite comfortably, the third best side in the Premier League.

It’s been a victory for proper coaching and clever investment off the pitch, with every aspect of the club now working in tandem.

A brand new, €150m training ground has been built whilst Leicester’s Thai owners have been exceptionally smart in the transfer market.

The signing of Johnny Evans from Manchester United has proved to be a masterstroke and showed that Rodgers can take an ageing pro and move his game to the next level.

It’s one thing though, to take a Premier League veteran and get him to slot into your system, and another entirely to take a young player and coach him to become world class.

Which is exactly what has happened with Wesley Fofana, Youri Tielemans, Wilfried Ndidi and James Maddison.

All joined the Foxes with talent and promising ability, and all without exception have become genuinely brilliant top-tier footballers.

Fofana has slotted into the Leicester defence with ease and has made a mockery of those who questioned his €40m price tag.

Tielemans has been one of the most underrated midfielders anywhere in Europe over the past 18 months, while Ndidi is challenging N’Golo Kanté for mantle of ‘world’s best defensive mid’.

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Then there’s Maddison, a player widely touted whilst playing in the Football League but up to last year, had struggled to make a huge impact at the King Power Stadium.

But under Rodgers’ tutelage, the attacking midfielder has reached new heights and gained an England call-up.

“He’s a top level manager that we’re really fortunate to have here,” Maddison said of Rodgers on talkSPORT back in February.

“The detail and the enthusiasm and the love he has for the game and what he does in training every single day is second to none.

“Every single player in the changing room is becoming a better player under him. That’s a fact. I’ve seen it in my own game, I’ve seen it in other players’ games just because I always say he cares.

“He cares about making you a better player, he’s not just someone who wants to get three points at the weekend for his CV, he actually wants to improve the team and improve the players.”

It’s the sort of effusive praise only reserved for two men in the Premier League – Jürgen Klopp and Pep Guardiola.

Which gives an added dimension to this weekend’s clash between Leicester and Manchester City.

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The east Midlands outfit beat Pep’s champions-in-waiting earlier this season and are looking for their first league double over City since 1986/87.

And coming off the back of an international break where most of City’s stars have played three games in a week, who would bet against Rodgers to get one over City and stake his claim for the Manager of the Year award.

There has been plenty of talk that the 48-year-old could be tempted to leave the King Power this summer, with Tottenham potentially looking for a new coach.

But Rodgers should stay right where he is, and take Leicester to heights previously unseen.

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Tyson Fury calls off all-British title fight with Anthony Joshua

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British heavyweight champion Tyson Fury has called off his intended fight with British-Nigerian boxer Anthony Joshua after he failed to make the deadline set by The Gypsy King.

Joshua had earlier agreed to terms to fight Fury in December after the latter gave him a title shot following Joshua’s loss to Ukrainian Oleksandr Usyk in their title rematch last month.

Joshua assured that he would sign the contract on Sunday in order to make the fight happen, stating that his lawyers are handlers of the contract.

However, Fury gave Joshua a self-issued ultimatum of 5:00 p.m. on Monday to sign the contract otherwise he would pull out of the fight.

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Joshua and his camp failed to sign the contract before the deadline and the WBC champion subsequently announced that the chance of the all-British heavyweight fight happening was over.

“It’s official. D Day has come and gone. It’s gone past 5 pm Monday, no contract has been signed. It’s officially over for Joshua. He’s now out in the cold with the wolfpack. Forget about it. Idiot. Coward!,” Fury said on his instagram story.

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He added: “I always knew you didn’t have the minerals to fight the Gypsy King. Good luck with your career, and your life.”

Fury immediately announced that he is looking forward to fighting former WBA heavyweight champion Mahmoud Charr next.

“Looking forward to fighting a man who wants to fight & has fire & desire. fought some of the best fighters & now stepping up again! get in there charr,” he said.

At the time of filing this report, Neither Joshua nor his camp has responded to the latest development.

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Enyimba announce signing of Chigozie, Cooper from Sunshine Stars

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Enyimba announce signing of Chigozie, Cooper from Sunshine Stars

Enyimba have completed the signing of defender Chigozie Chilekwu and midfielder Ikenna Cooper from Sunshine Stars on a permanent deal.

Both players arrived from the Sunshine Stars after impressive performances with the Owena Whales during the 2021/22 Nigeria Professional Football League season.

They have passed their medical test at Enyimba and both subsequently penned two-year contracts with the People’s Elephant.

“Cooper joins on a two-years deal and arrives with valuable top level experience having also previously featured for FC Ifeanyi Uba and Heartland FC.

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“A commanding player with exquisite box-to-box qualities, Cooper is expected to bring balance and grit to an already competitive midfield setup.

“Chilekwu, meanwhile, arrives to fill in at leftback following the departures of Daniel Darkwah and Emmanuel Ampiah, and has penned a two-years deal.

“The 26-years-old provides versatility as he can also operate comfortably as a wing forward and in central midfield,” the club statement read on Monday.

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Cooper and Chigozie are the latest additions to Enyimba’s shopping spree in the ongoing transfer window, following the recent acquisition of Sunday Okereke, Moses Omoduemuke, Ademola Adebambo and Elijah Akanni.

The acquisitions became paramount after the eight-time Nigeria league champions lost eight of their key players including team’s captain Austin Oladapo.

Oladapo joined TP Mazembe of Congo, while the Top Scorer in the 2021/22 NPFL season Victor Mbaoma switched to MC Algiers of Algeria.

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Djokovic complains about nagging wrist, eyes ATP Finals

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Novak Djokovic

Novak Djokovic on Monday said he was bothered by a wrist problem during the Laver Cup in London, and his lengthy absence from the Tour recently could be the reason.

“I have been struggling with my right wrist for the last four, five days, to be honest. I have been keeping it under control,” Djokovic told reporters.

The three-day tournament in London’s O2 Arena was Djokovic’s first event since the Serb won his 21st Grand Slam singles title at Wimbledon in early July.

He had missed the North American hardcourt swing and the U.S. Open due to COVID-19 vaccination.

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But he produced a dazzling performance on his return to the Tour on Saturday by winning his singles and doubles matches.

However, he lost to Canada’s Felix Auger-Aliassime on the final day of the competition on Sunday.

“The two matches of Saturday probably had an effect. Sunday was not easy. I couldn’t serve as fast or as accurately as I would like to. That has affected the whole game,” he said.

Djokovic said qualifying for November’s ATP Finals in Turin remained his goal.

He will play a tournament in Tel Aviv this week, followed by an event in Kazakhstan next week and then the Paris Masters at the end of October.

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His Wimbledon victory guarantees him a spot in the Tour-ending finals if he remains ranked in the world’s top 20.

Djokovic, currently ranked seventh, said the wrist issue could be due to a combination of factors.

“Could be (the effect of) not playing matches almost three months, and then conditions here are such that the balls are really big and slow,” he said. “You always have to generate a lot of wrist action and speed, which could be the case why I have been feeling soreness.”

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(Reuters/NAN)

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