Chelsea news: Brendan Rodgers spotted in Cobham today as Blues return nears
By Chelsea correspondent Tony Hughes
Brendan Rodgers was seen near Chelsea’s training ground today to ignite talk that he could be heading back to Stamford Bridge.
The former Liverpool manager was spotted with partner Charlotte Hind during a opening morning at an independent school in the leafy Surrey town of Cobham, where the Premier League club are based.
Intriiguingly, Jose Mourinho’s No2 Rui Faria was also among the interested parents taking a look around the £5,000-a-term school.
Rodgers’ appearance at a school so close to Chelsea’s training headquarters suggests a permanent move to the area and a possible return to the club.
This comes a day after he was photographed by passers-by on the London Tube and at Waterloo Station.
The 42-year-old was on the Chelsea coaching staff during Mourinho’s first spell at the club, where he spent 13 years in various youth and reserve team roles.
It is unlikely Rodgers has been lined up to replace under-fire Mourinho, who has overseen a wretched start to the season that leaves the Blues rooted in 16th in the Premier League.
Football Insider understands that the Portugese has been given a stay of execution following talks with the Chelsea hierarchy and will remain as manager after the international break.
It is possible that Rodgers has agreed to a different role at Chelsea or is heading to one of west London’s two manager-less clubs.
Fulham sacked Kit Symons on Sunday, while QPR dismissed Chris Ramsey last week and replaced him with Neil Warnock on an interim basis.
Both club’s training grounds are within commuting distance of Cobham.
In other Chelsea news, Thibaut Courtois has set his comeback date as he targets first-team return following two months out with a knee injury.