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Leicester boss Rodgers amazed by Hodgson longevity

Leicester City boss Brendan Rodgers does not expect to be still in management when he reaches 74 like Watford counterpart Roy Hodgson.

Rodgers is full of admiration for Hodgson's “phenomenal" career, which has also taken in spells at the likes the Switzerland national team, Inter Milan, Blackburn, Fulham, Liverpool, West Brom and Crystal Palace.

However, the 49-year-old says matching his longevity is not something he currently envisages.

“He is such a reference and role model for us all Roy," said Rodgers, who himself had a three-year stint in charge at Anfield from the summer of 2012.

“Some 46 years he has been managing, 20 teams, with four national teams and 1,200 games, it is remarkable really.

“Football is about longevity, and it is exactly the same for a manager to have that hunger and desire to keep doing it.

“Roy has proven over many years that he is a top-level coach and I have always enjoyed our conversations, always learned from him.

“To see him still have that enthusiasm and love for the game for that length of time, if you look at Roy's career, it has been phenomenal."

Rodgers added: “My target was 1,000 games, get to that and then evaluate from there, but I always knew through that you needed to succeed and have resilience.

“I hope I am not still going at that age, but it is a drug, something that draws you in being around young people and helping them become better and that adrenaline it gives you as well.

“Most managers wouldn't want to be (still working at that age), but you just never know."

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