GARY LINEKER has joked that Brendan Rodgers already has just ‘five games to save his job’ at Leicester City after suffering defeat in his first game in charge at the weekend.

The former Celtic manager saw the Foxes go down 2-1 away to Watford on Sunday to kick off his reign at the club in disappointing fashion.

Lineker – who is a fan of hometown team Leicester, where he began his playing career – branded Rodgers a ‘terrific appointment for his old club when he joined from the Hoops last week.

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But, tongue in cheek, the England legend has quipped that the Northern Irishman needs wins quickly to avoid the fate that befell predecessors Claude Puel, Craig Shakespeare and Claudio Ranieri.

He said: “Given Leicester’s propensity to sack managers the first time they go six games without a win [the last 3], Brendan Rodgers now has 5 games to save his job.”