Grateful players, angry fans: the Brendan Rodgers legacy at Watford

The new Leicester City manager is likely to get a hostile reception at Vicarage Road after an abrupt departure in 2009 but his players remember him warmly

When Brendan Rodgers takes Leicester to Vicarage Road on Sunday, it will be the third successive home game in which Watford have welcomed back a former manager. Sean Dyche received a healthy ovation when his Burnley side arrived in January while Marco Silva was the pantomime villain of Everton’s defeat last month. Rodgers’ reception is likely to be at the angrier end of these two extremes.

During six months in Hertfordshire a decade ago he guided a failing and relegation-threatened team to the safety of mid-table, making them not just more productive but considerably more entertaining, yet he is remembered primarily for boasting about his “loyalty” and “integrity” when dismissing links with the Reading vacancy in May 2009, only to join the Madejski Stadium club a matter of days later.

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Source: Football News
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