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LEICESTER are calculating the cost of sacking manager Brendan Rodgers, SunSport can exclusively reveal.

A sixth successive defeat has left the Foxes stranded at the bottom of the Premier League table.

Now chairman Aiyawatt Srivaddhanaprabha and director of football Jon Rudkin will decide over the forthcoming international break whether Rodgers has reached the end of the road.

Brentford head coach Thomas Frank is the name at the top of their list of potential replacements.

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  • Kostas Lianos

    Antoine Griezmann interest

    Manchester United are interested in landing Atletico Madrid loanee Antoine Griezmann.

    According to The Athletic, United enquired about Griezmann in the summer transfer window.

    The versatile attacker is currently on loan at Atletico from Barcelona.

    The report adds that the Ref Devils could try to land the 31-year-old again in January

  • Kostas Lianos

    Thomas Frank reacts

    Brentford boss Thomas Frank insists he is 'very happy' with his current job despite speculation linking him with the Leicester job.

    The Foxes' manager Brendan Rodgers is now the hot favourite to leave his post next, and Frank is seen by many as the ideal replacement.

    However, the Dane told Sky Sports in no uncertain terms that he remains committed to the Londoners.

    Frank said: “It’s very simple: I’m here at Brentford, I’m very happy.

  • Kostas Lianos

    Cost a fox

    Leicester are calculating the cost of sacking manager Brendan Rodgers, reports SunSport's Mark Irwin.

    Rodgers is one of the highest-paid managers in the Premier League, with only Pep Guardiola, Jurgen Klopp and Antonio Conte earning more than the Northern Irishman’s £10million-a-year.

    With a contract which still has almost three years to run, it will cost in excess of £10million in severance pay to get rid of the 49-year-old.

    But with the Foxes spending just £15m in the summer transfer market and set to report record annual losses of £120m, the big question is whether they can afford to wield the axe.

    Leicester chairman Aiyawatt Srivaddhanaprabha and director of football Jon Rudkin will decide over the forthcoming international break whether Rodgers has reached the end of the road.

    Brentford manager Thomas Frank is the name at the top of their list of potential replacements

  • Kostas Lianos

    Leicester target Dyche

    Leicester are keeping tabs on Sean Dyche amid the uncertainty surrounding manager Brendan Rodgers' future.

    The Foxes have suffered a dismal start to their season that has seen them drop to the bottom of the Premier League table.

    Rodgers' side is winless and has lost a staggering six straight matches out of their first seven games of the season.

    According to the Telegraph, the club's decision makers are thinking ahead and will consider a swoop for Dyche if their current boss leaves during the international break.

    The ex-Burnley manager was sacked in April after nine-and-a-half years at Turf Moor with the club embroiled in a heated relegation scrap that saw them drop to the Championship.

    Leicester are likelier to move for a manager with Premier League experience should Rodgers exit from the King Power Stadium

  • Sam Dymond

    Hammers blow as payout looms

    West Ham will have to fork out another £1m if Jarrod Bowen features for England in the Nations League next weekend.

    The Hammers winger has been called up for the games with Italy and Germany, but another international appearance will trigger a clause in the deal that took him to the London Stadium from Hull.

    However, rather than going to the Championship club, the cash will be pocketed by the Tigers' former owners, Assem and Ehab Allam.

    That's according to The Athletic, who reveal that the money has been ring-fenced by the Allam family despite the East Yorkshire outfit being taken over by Turkish businessman Acun Ilicali earlier this year.

    Bowen has scored 29 times in 113 appearances for West Ham since moving south two-and-a-half years ago.

  • Sam Dymond

    Saliba open to new deal

    Arsenal star William Saliba has indicated he would be open to the idea of signing a new contract with the club during an interview with Sky Sports.

    The young French defender has been a standout performer this season – despite fears in the summer that he would never play for the club.

    The 21-year-old joined the Gunners in 2019, but spent the next three seasons out on loan in his native France.

    And such was his performances at Marseille last term, the Ligue 1 club were desperate to keep him.

    However, Mikel Arteta wanted him back at the Emirates, and he has subsequently started every Premier League game this term.

    The defender told Vicky Gomersall, “I’m at home here. I like London, I like the club, I like everything.”

    Saliba’s current deal at the Emirates runs until 2024.

  • Sam Dymond

    Hudson-Odoi has Chelsea future

    Callum Hudson-Odoi has been told by Todd Boehly that he still has a future at Chelsea, according to the Daily Mail.

    The 21-year-old winger was sent out on loan to Bayer Leverkusen for the season with many fearing it would signal the end of his career at Stamford Bridge.

    However, the England international has been assured by the new owner Todd Boehly that he is still in the Blues' long-term plans.

    Indeed, it has been revealed that Boehly was an active part of the negotiations that took Hudson-Odoi to the Bundesliga temporarily.

    And the American was adamant that any deal would not include an option to make the move permanent.

    Hudson-Odoi has scored 16 goals and provided 22 assists in 126 appearances for Chelsea.

  • Sam Dymond

    Former United man faces Boca ban

    Former Manchester United defender Marcos Rojo has been banned from captaining his club Boca Juniors for one month, report the Daily Mirror.

    The 32-year-old hot head has been stripped of the armband by the Argentine Football Association following his red card in the stormy Superclasico clash with rivals River Plate.

    Rojo was sent off for a ludicrous high challenge on Nicolas de la Cruz in his side’s 1-0 win earlier this month.

    The dismissal brought him in an immediate one match suspension, but the authorities felt the need to step in with the unusual ruling.

    The skipper himself was unrepentant afterwards.

    “[The red card] doesn’t bother me,” he said.

    “The classics are like that, and get a little too much. I made three fouls in the whole game. We didn’t make as many fouls, only some tactical fouls. It’s not that we had an aggressive game.”

  • Sam Dymond

    Kahn shuts down Tuchel talk

    Bayern Munich chief executive Oliver Kahn has shut down speculation linking Thomas Tuchel with a move to the Allianz Arena.

    Reports over the weekend suggested that the former Chelsea manager could be in line to replace Julian Nagelsmann as Bayern boss.

    Nagelsmann has come under fire after a difficult month with the Bundesliga giants.

    Bayern were beaten 1-0 at Augsburg on Saturday, bringing an end to the club's undefeated start to the season.

    However, it's now four league games without a win given their three previous draws.

    But while the club sit in fifth position and five points off the top, their legendary former goalkeeper is not concerned.

    "We are not considering any other coaches right now. We are totally convinced of Julian [Nagelsmann]," Kahn said.

    "We need to get back on track. As soon as things get started again against Leverkusen, we have to go all-out."

  • Sam Dymond

    By Jorge! Barca want Blue

    After a summer of transfer activity between the two clubs, Chelsea and Barcelona are set for further negotiations in January.

    The Catalans snapped up Andreas Christensen and Marcos Alonso from the Blues during the last window, but failed to land long-term target Cesar Azpilicueta.

    And it was a similar story for Frenkie de Jong, who remains with Barca despite late interest from the Londoners.

    However, the Stamford Bridge outfit did manage to land Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang on deadline day.

    There was also the protracted battle between the clubs for Jules Kounde, eventually won by the LaLiga giants.

    Now it is being reported by the Mirror that Barca boss Xavi sees midfielder Jorginho as a long-term replacement for Sergio Busquets.

    The 30-year-old Italian international is out of contract at Chelsea next June, and will be able to discuss a free transfer to other clubs in January.

  • Sam Dymond

    Bees boss Frank on future

    Thomas Frank insists he is 'very happy' at Brentford despite speculation linking him with the Leicester job.

    The Bees boss spoke after Sunday's home defeat to Arsenal, and immediately shut down reports of a move to the Foxes.

    The rumour mill went into overdrive after Leicester lost a sixth straight Premier League game on Saturday, as they went down 6-2 at Tottenham.

    It's a defeat that leaves them rooted to the foot of the table, and further mounts the pressure on manager Brendan Rodgers.

    Rodgers is now the hot favourite to leave his post next, and Frank is seen by many as the ideal replacement.

    However, the Dane told Sky Sports in no uncertain terms that he was committed to the Londoners.

    “It’s very simple: I’m here at Brentford, I’m very happy," he said.

  • Sam Dymond

    Seagulls swooped before Old Lady

    New Brighton boss Roberto De Zerbi was being lined up by Italian giants Juventus.

    That's according to The Times, who report that the former Sassuolo head coach was the number one choice to replace the underfire Max Allegri in Turin.

    Juve have won just one of their last eight games in all competitions, losing three of the last four.

    And angry fans of the Old Lady have recently made their feelings clear to Allegri.

    However, the Seagulls have now swooped ahead of the Serie A giants to land De Zerbi.

    The 43-year-old penned a four-year contract with the Premier League club yesterday, taking over the job vacated by new Chelsea gaffer Graham Potter.

  • Sam Dymond

    Good morning, football fans

    Pep Guardiola says Kalvin Phillips has no choice but to have surgery on his shoulder problem – but believes his midfielder can be ready for the World Cup.

    The £45 million midfielder did not feature in the 20-man squad for the 3-0 win at Wolves on Saturday.

    And his club boss has confirmed there is no way the former Leeds man can meet up with the England squad this week.

    The latest setback will come as a blow to Gareth Southgate as one of his key men has barely played any football this season.

    Guardiola revealed the shoulder has popped out ‘three or four times’ and going under the knife now seems the only option.

    The City boss said: “It’s a problem with the shoulder again and maybe he needs surgery in the next days.

    “He won’t go with England this time, no way.

    “I am not a doctor but in a good way he can be at the World Cup, of course.

    “The doctor says the only solution right now is to do what we have to do.

    “Every time he’s out because of this and the doctors say if it’s three or four times out then the only solution is to have surgery.”

    Brighton have confirmed the appointment of Roberto De Zerbi as their new head coach.

    The Italian, 43, replaces Graham Potter following his move to Chelsea nine days ago.

    The Italian has signed a four-year deal and Brighton chairman Tony Bloom is excited by his arrival.

    He said: “I am absolutely thrilled Roberto has agreed to become our new head coach.

    “Roberto’s teams play an exciting and courageous brand of football, and I am confident his style and tactical approach will suit our existing squad superbly.”

    Leicester are being backed to make a move for Mauricio Pochettino or Rafael Benitez if they sack Brendan Rodgers.

    The Foxes boss is under pressure after losing 6-2 to Tottenham with Leicester bottom of the Premier League.

    Rodgers has taken responsibility for his team’s slump, which has seen them pick up just one point from seven games and concede 22 goals.

    With Leicester already in danger of relegation, former Burnley manager Sean Dyche has emerged as the bookies’ favourite to take over.

  • Jon Boon

    Phillips a World Cup doubt

    Pep Guardiola says Kalvin Phillips has no choice but to have surgery on his shoulder problem – but believes his midfielder can be ready for the World Cup.

    The £45 million midfielder did not feature in the 20-man squad for the 3-0 win at Wolves on Saturday.

    And his club boss has confirmed there is no way the former Leeds man can meet up with the England squad this week.

    The latest setback will come as a blow to Gareth Southgate as one of his key men has barely played any football this season.

    Guardiola revealed the shoulder has popped out ‘three or four times’ and going under the knife now seems the only option.

    The City boss said: “It’s a problem with the shoulder again and maybe he needs surgery in the next days.

    “He won’t go with England this time, no way.

    “I am not a doctor but in a good way he can be at the World Cup, of course.

    “The doctor says the only solution right now is to do what we have to do.

    “Every time he’s out because of this and the doctors say if it’s three or four times out then the only solution is to have surgery.”

  • Jon Boon

    Cost of sacking Rodgers

    Cash-strapped Leicester are calculating the cost of sacking manager Brendan Rodgers after a sixth consecutive defeat leaves them stranded at the foot of the Premier League.

    Rodgers is one of the highest-paid managers in Britain, with only Pep Guardiola, Jurgen Klopp and Antonio Conte earning more than the Northern Irishman’s £10million-a-year.

    And with a contract which still has almost three years to run, it will cost in excess of £10million in severance pay to get rid of the 49-year-old.

    But with the club spending just £15million in the summer transfer market and set to report record annual losses of £120million, the big question is whether they can afford to wield the axe.

  • Jon Boon

    Youngest Prem players off all time

    Ethan Nwaneri – 15 years, 181 days
    Harvey Elliott – 16 years, 38 days
    Matthew Briggs – 16 years, 68 days
    Izzy Brown – 16 years, 117 days
    Aaron Lennon – 16 years, 129 days

  • Jon Boon

    Brighton hire De Zerbi

    Brighton have confirmed the appointment of Roberto De Zerbi as their new head coach.

    The Italian, 43, replaces Graham Potter following his move to Chelsea nine days ago.

    The Italian has signed a four-year deal and Brighton chairman Tony Bloom is excited by his arrival.

    He said: “I am absolutely thrilled Roberto has agreed to become our new head coach.

    "Roberto’s teams play an exciting and courageous brand of football, and I am confident his style and tactical approach will suit our existing squad superbly.”

  • Jon Boon

    Zaniolo's wardrobe malfunction

    Nicolo Zaniolo endured a wild couple of minutes after he was booked for diving and then suffered a major wardrobe malfunction.

    The Roma star below nearly lost his shorts in a grapple with a defender.

    Check out the clip below.

  • Jon Boon

    Stone me

    Jordan Pickford wore a Stone Island jumper while watching Everton play West Ham – and fans were loving it.

    Pickford, 28, missed the game through injury but his absence was not felt as the Toffees won 1-0 thanks to Neal Maupay's strike.

    The goalkeeper was spotted in the Goodison Park stands wearing a Stone Island jumper that costs £150.

    Football fans liked the England star's taste in fashion and found it amusing he was wearing the designer brand.

    One supporter wrote on Twitter: "Of course Pickford has Stone Island on 😂😂."

    Another added: "Pickford looking Ard' with his stone Island 😂😂."

  • Jon Boon

    Di Maria's grovelling apology

    Angel Di Maria has apologised for getting sent off and inadvertently causing Juventus to fall to a shock defeat to AC Monza.

    The former Manchester United star was given a straight red card in the first half after swinging an elbow into the midriff of an AC Monza player.

    Juventus went on to lose the game, with Chris Gytkjaer grabbing a second half goal to open the deadlock.

    The goal subsequently gave them their first ever Serie A victory, with the club earning promotion from Serie B last season.

    It also compounded a stuttering start to the season for the 'Old Lady'.

    After the game Di Maria, 34, took responsibility for his actions and wrote a grovelling apology to the fans.

    On his Instagram he wrote: "The defeat is my fault. I'm very sorry.

    "I'm a professional, but also a human being who makes mistakes and knows how to recognise them."

  • Jon Boon

    Retro Barça

    Barcelona will go full retro as they prepare to change their badge for the 2023/24 season.

    The Spanish giants have seen 10 badges throughout their history, with the current one being kept in place since 2002.

    However, it seems the club want to spice things up a little bit by throwing in something new, but old.

    Barcelona have spent years trying experimental and modern kits, but now the club is going back to its roots with a plan to please football purists.

    Along with kit manufacturer Nike, the club are planning a retro theme with their away kit in the 2023/24 season.

    The kit will feature a club crest from the 1970s, with Footy Headlines predicting the logo will be the one from the 1974/75 season.

  • Jon Boon

    Poch and Rafa in line for Leicester job

    Leicester are being backed to make a move for Mauricio Pochettino or Rafael Benitez if they sack Brendan Rodgers.

    The Foxes boss is under pressure after losing 6-2 to Tottenham with Leicester bottom of the Premier League.

    Rodgers has taken responsibility for his team's slump, which has seen them pick up just one point from seven games and concede 22 goals.

    With Leicester already in danger of relegation, former Burnley manager Sean Dyche has emerged as the bookies' favourite to take over.

    Dyche could offer a short-term solution but the Leicester hierarchy could prefer a manager who will look to play open, expansive football in a similar style to Rodgers – Mauricio Pochettino fits that bill.

    The former Spurs and PSG boss was also tipped to succeed Thoams Tuchel at Chelsea as he eyes a return to the Premier League.

  • Jon Boon

    Bizarre Rojo ban

    Former Manchester United ace Marcos Rojo has been handed a bizarre suspension in Argentina after being sent off for a horror challenge.

    Boca Juniors captain Rojo, 32, took part in his team's 1-0 victory over rivals River Plate at the Bombonera last week.

    However, the centre-back was sent off in the seventh minute of stoppage time, just a few seconds before full-time, after a dangerous tackle on Nicolas de la Cruz.

    De la Cruz went for a header at the back and the Argentina international came at him with a high challenge that almost got him in the head.

    The referee didn't think twice as he showed the 32-year-old the red card and gave him his marching orders.

    The Argentine FA then handed Rojo a one-match suspension, which didn't allow him to play at Lanus on Thursday.

    But the powers that be didn't stop there as they also issued a bizarre punishment that doesn't allow him to wear the Boca armband for a month.

  • Dylan Terry

    Premier League results today

    Brentford 0-3 Arsenal

    Everton 1-0 West Ham

    Manchester United P-P Leeds

    Chelsea P-P Liverpool

  • Dylan Terry

    Everton 1-0 West Ham

    Neal Maupay's second half goal has given Everton their first Premier League win of the season.

    West Ham remain in the bottom three as we head into the international break.

    That's all the top flight action in England today. Manchester United vs Leeds and Chelsea vs Liverpool have both been postponed.

    Earlier today, Arsenal beat Brentford 3-0 to return to the top of the table.

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