That talk has actually led to reports about a possible approach from the Birmingham club, with no approach having been made for the Celtic manager at this moment in time.
But should it even be a discussion that Rodgers would leave Celtic to become Villa manager?
Here’s why we think it would make no sense for Rodgers:
It’s Aston Villa
They’re a Championship club with absolutely no guarantee of going up next season – even with Rodgers. Villa may have spent some money on a very experienced squad, but they’re not showing their quality on the pitch and to sit 15th place after 12 games suggests they’d need a miracle to go up this season.
And He’s at Celtic
Despite Villa having more money and the prospect of playing Premier League football, he’s already at a club who have played at a high level on a regular basis. In two of his three seasons at Parkhead, Celtic have played Champions League football and more could come if they win the Premiership this season and recruit well to strengthen next summer. Villa are a big club, but Celtic are bigger and we’d be amazed if he leave that.
He’s Been Linked With Bigger Clubs
It wasn’t long ago that Rodgers was linked with replacing Antonio Conte at Chelsea and Arsene Wenger at Arsenal. Given he was Liverpool manager before joining Celtic, a move to the English second tier would definitely be a step down and he’d need to perform more miracles there to have any chance of getting the move back to the top that he desires.
There’s a Lot of Risk at Villa
Even with one of the biggest budgets in the Championship, Villa could only make it to the playoffs last season and we’ve already covered their issues this season. Bruce has had his critics regularly throughout his career, but he’s also got a lot of experience in getting teams promoted and even he found Villa a difficult job. Beyond the last two seasons, it’s been pretty consistent mediocrity for Villa. That’s a tough trend to change.
Spain Makes More Sense
Rodgers speaks Spanish and rumours are that his current management team are learning the language too. He’s spoken in the past about wanting to manage in La Liga and a switch there after Celtic could make sense provided he leaves the Glasgow club when his stock is at its highest – which isn’t right now.
He’s Got Unfinished Business in Glasgow
Celtic are aiming for 10-in-a-row and that’s in touching distance for Rodgers – particularly if he can make it eight on the trot this season. Provided he was to get that, he would again go down in history after leading Celtic to a historic double treble already. Rodgers has to know that he’d have the pick of most teams if he was to leave Glasgow after winning 10.