By Thomas Reynolds
Last Updated: 26th February 2019
At the time of writing, Celtic’s Brendan Rodgers is in talks to become the next permanent Leicester manager, but the travails of recent Bhoys bosses to swap Parkhead for English football suggest the Foxes may have been better off looking elsewhere.
Rodgers’ spells at Swansea and Liverpool may appear to vouch for the fact that he is a more than capable leader at Premier League level.
Yet, Martin O’Neill and Gordon Strachan had also made their names at Leicester City and Coventry respectively prior to taking over at the Scottish overlords and the tales of their post-Hoops tenures in England remain cautionary.
Arguably the most successful recent recruitment of a Hoops head honcho, O’Neill steered Aston Villa to three successive sixth-place finishes between 2007/08 and 2009/10, including at least one fairly serious Champions League qualification flirtation, before departing early the following campaign.
The Northern Irishman’s exit was supposedly brought about by what he perceived to be a lack of support in the transfer market ahead of the 2010/11 campaign.
However, he is still apportioned a share of the blame for the slow top-flight death suffered by the second-city side in the seasons that followed, having overseen the signing of numerous average players on lucrative and lengthy contracts that the club subsequently found very hard to sell on.
Like O’Neill, Strachan made an excellent fist of domination in Scotland, winning three league titles in as many campaigns, but found that success impossible to replicate at Middlesbrough.
Assuming the wheel on Tyneside the October after their relegation from the Premier League, it took him a month to win his first league game as Boro failed to bounce back in no uncertain terms.
Less than a year after his arrival, the Scot had left the Riverside Stadium by mutual consent with a 28.26% win rate and the club 20th in the second tier.
Like Strachan, Lennon steered Celtic to three consecutive top-flight championships. He was snapped up by Bolton in October 2014 having left Parkhead in the preceding summer.
The Northern Irishman briefly oversaw a Whites renaissance, with the club rising from bottom of the Championship to 14th, before a run of one win in 11 saw them end the season in relegation danger.
Financial problems began to seriously dog the club the following season, but issues with player discipline were also ongoing and the former Leicester and Bhoys playing legend left with the club bottom of the table in March 2016.