The contenders to succeed Brendan Rodgers as Leicester manager

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Struggling Leicester have parted company with manager Brendan Rodgers following Saturday’s defeat at Crystal Palace.

The Foxes sit in the relegation zone with 10 games to play after taking just one point from a possible 18.

Adam Sadler and Mike Stowell will take first-team training for now, but here the PA news agency looks at some potential contenders to succeed the Northern Irishman on a permanent basis.

Mauricio Pochettino

Mauricio Pochettino left Paris St Germain in July
Mauricio Pochettino left Paris St Germain last summer (Nick Potts/PA)

Attracting the Argentinian would be a real coup and no doubt excite City supporters.

Yet, following a stint managing Lionel Messi, Neymar and Kylian Mbappe and with his stock still high, he may well prefer to hold on for a so-called bigger club and has been linked with a return to managerless Spurs this summer.

Marcelo Bielsa

Marcelo Bielsa left Leeds in February
Marcelo Bielsa has been out of work since leaving Leeds (Zac Goodwin/PA)

The 67-year-old is still revered by Leeds fans for his successful spell in West Yorkshire.

But Bielsa has already turned down the Everton job this season, preferring to take over a club in the summer, so would be highly unlikely to sign up for the relegation run-in.

Ralph Hasenhuttl

The Austrian was sacked by fellow strugglers Southampton earlier this season, but could prove to be a strong candidate for the job.

His high-pressing style of play should be good fit with the squad at the King Power Stadium, but his Southampton side leaked goals, which has been a problem for the Foxes this season.

Rafael Benitez

Rafael Benitez has previously managed Liverpool, Chelsea, Newcastle and Everton in the Premier League
Rafael Benitez has previously managed Liverpool, Chelsea, Newcastle and Everton in the Premier League (Richard Sellers/PA)

Following successful spells with Liverpool, Chelsea and Newcastle earlier in his career, the Spaniard may be seen as a safe pair of hands who could get the best out of the Foxes’ underperforming players.

He stayed with Newcastle after he failed to keep them in the Premier League in 2016 and led them straight back to the top tier.

Dean Smith

Dean Smith has Norwich flying high in the Sky Bet Championship
Dean Smith suffered relegation with Norwich (Joe Giddens/PA)

Smith previously did a solid job at boyhood club Aston Villa before being sacked in a decision that divided their fans.

But he suffered relegation with Norwich last season and was sacked in December as the Canaries slipped off the pace in the play-off race.

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