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  2. Good read, interesting. Been wanting to here from him. There are many things Ranieri did wrong and sacking the psychologist was one of them.
  3. Only man I accept is Pearson or some sort of astronomical appointment like someone way out of our league. Anyone else and sacking Clauds is comepletly nonsensical.
  4. Somebody should write a psychoanalytical paper on 'Leicester fans and their extreme reactions to Nigel Pearson'.
  5. I can't stand Hodgson and his wobbly neck. Hopefully the owners have as much sense as I think they do.
  6. If you look back though alot of ex england gaffers the next job then go on to there a success. Keegan in 2000 left England a year later he turned up at Man City and got them promoted back to the top flight in the first time of asking. Sven in 2006 took a year out of the game like Keegan ended up at Man City and did a reasonable job there, achieving a top ten finish. McClaren went to Holland to manage FC Twente first year he won the title there!... Capello doesn't count cause he didn't go back into club management. Hodgson?
  7. Yeah. I was really surprised. Thought a journalist would be more robust than that and at least argue his point. But no, straight block.
  8. en Way has watched the increasingly bitter fallout at Leicester City since Claudio Ranieri was sacked last Thursday with growing sadness. He has watched as Leicester’s players have been labelled “ungrateful”, “spoiled” and “treacherous”; accused of carrying out a coup against their own manager. He has seen the club’s Thai owners charged with killing romance stone dead. Listened as the sporting world has debated the tragic ending to one of the greatest fairytales the game has known. He cannot help but be full of regret. Way was, until the start of this season, the sports psychologist at Leicester City. Originally part of Nigel Pearson’s backroom staff, along with Craig Shakespeare and Steve Walsh, Way was kept on when Ranieri arrived in 2015. But after the miracle of 2015-16, the relationship came to an abrupt and troubling end. Way realised he was being let go only when he asked the club’s kit men for his ticket allocation ahead of the season opener, and they mumbled something about his not yet being ready. “They sort of fobbed me off,” he recalls, sadly. “Told me to come back later. At the time I didn’t think much of it but I realise now that they knew I wasn’t being kept on…” Sure enough, a few days after Leicester’s 2-1 defeat at Hull City, Way got a letter from the club thanking him for his services but telling him he would no longer be needed. He admits the manner of his departure left him feeling “bruised” – mostly because Ranieri did not ring him to explain his decision. But he is adamant he is not speaking out of bitterness when he explains where he feels Leicester’s season went astray. “On the contrary,” he says, “I feel really sorry for Claudio. I just sent him a text message actually because first and foremost he is a gentleman. A really lovely man. “But if I’m honest I do feel he was a bit more distanced from the players and staff than Nigel was. Without wishing to be unkind, I think Claudio rode a bit on the coat-tails of Nigel, who had really built a special bond with the players and staff. He profited from the platform they created.” To his credit, Way says, Ranieri changed little when he arrived. He recognised that the atmosphere was good and was happy to tinker with tactics and the systems on the pitch and generally to leave things alone off it. That all changed this year, however. Not only with the high-profile departures of key players such as N’Golo Kanté, but with backroom staff as well. “I was very sad when Steve [Walsh] left for Everton – although it was absolutely fair enough from his point of view – but that was another link to that atmosphere from the past,” he notes. “Shakey [Shakespeare] is fantastic at lightening the mood but he’s the only one [of the current coaching staff] who really injects genuine vitality into the group. He also has a lot on his plate. In my opinion you need someone who is looking out for that team spirit at all times…” Someone like him, for instance? Way is diplomatic. “Well, It’s the role of all support staff to help create and maintain the right team spirit but I like to think I played my part in this by looking a bit further down the road, watching for warning signs of any ‘terrorist’ activity.” Way is not referring here to some sort of sleeper cell in Leicester. “Terrorists,” he explains, “are what I call people who, without thinking, suck the lifeblood out of a squad. If I came close to spotting any terrorist activity, I would always react right away to shut down that threat.” If this all sounds to you like psycho-babble, then you would probably be of a mind with Ranieri. The Italian’s scepticism towards sports psychology was well known. He famously had a run-in with one psychologist at Monaco over a metaphorical “elephant” in the dressing room and was generally of the opinion that tactics were all-important and players should be big and ugly enough to take care of themselves. “When you are young, maybe you need somebody who can help you, but now you are a man,” Ranieri said in August when asked how he intended to prepare his players for Leicester’s title defence. “In life, you need to be strong. Psychologists? No.” Again, Way is tactful when asked about this. He is, and has been in the past, dismissive of his role in Leicester’s title success, anxious not to overstate his role, arguing he was actually busier the previous season. Nor will he identify which players he felt were the biggest “terrorists” at the King Power Stadium, or those he felt had the potential to go rogue. It is obvious, though, that he is sad at the way it ended. That the work he did at Leicester – much of it away from the training ground and the stadium, in the homes of players and staff, and for a fraction of the money per year that the top players received per week – was under-appreciated. When Way watches his former colleagues take on Liverpool tonight, assailed on all sides by allegations of treachery and deceit, he will bemoan that there was no one there to defuse the tension; to make them remember what got them there in the first place. “It seems to me that what they really lost was the fun they had last year; when Christian Fuchs was posting silly YouTube videos,” he concludes. “There hasn’t been any of that this season. Unfortunately terrorists are good at recruiting other terrorists – simply by asking obvious questions: Why are we playing these tactics? Why do we keep losing? The questioning causes you to lose focus on the very essence of what got you there in the first place. “That is when I would argue – selfishly perhaps – for the presence of a sports psychologist who can intervene early, before things go wrong.”
  9. If we seriously sack Claudio to bring in Hodgson everyone concerned can go **** themselves. He should never be allowed to work in football again after his performance and then reaction to the Euros last summer.
  10. can't remember doing so mate I was raised right. Trawl the forum and prove me otherwise if that's how you like spend your Sunday evenings.
  11. Cheers. He blocked you for 1 tweet! Wow some of the guys really are delicate. At least Glendenning argued with me all afternoon, and resulted to personal insults, before not admitting he was wrong and blocking me.
  12. So, Owen asked for van gaal to be sacked as early as December, and said man u were right in sacking Moyes but he has a problem with Leicester sacking a manager that was taking the club down. And people ask me why such things trigger me
  13. reckon liverpool, hull and sunderland are looking forward to it
  14. I won't go anymore if we get Hodgson. Seriously. Season ticket in the bin. Absolute ****ing joke scenario.
  15. I'm looking forward to seeing the players' reaction. Over the last couple of months there has been a lot said about Claudio losing the dressing room and for me, the perceived lack of effort from the players was disgusting. I feel that now Claudio has gone, it is like the players have got their wish but they weren't expecting the media backlash of "Leicester City are stupid". With the post dismissal comments in the media it looks like all of the sudden the players have a sense of realisation that they now have to defend their own actions - they don't have anyone (Claudio) to take the blame for their abject performances. The players are exposed now. There is nowhere to hide. They are professionals who are on the verge of being labelled as the champions who were relegated. It is now time to show that they are still a fantastic team, capable of beating anyone. I fully expect a high tempo, 110% game from Leicester on Monday night and if we don't get it then we are in even deeper trouble than I thought.
  16. Probably, they might have taken the idea of a new livery off this:
  17. I have admit I can likely seeing it be Hodgson now, as mentioned though I don't think he's going to be the long term. It'll be just till the end of season which I think Hodgson would be happy with. I think he's desperate to clean up his career since the England job and would take any short term contract.
  18. Worryingly I can see us being interested in Hodgson. If it wasn't for England debacle I'd be up for having him. But since about 2012 he looks like he has turned senile to be honest. Probably end up having Slimani taking corners.
  19. I agree mate. Let's be honest, we couldn't have done much worse this season
  20. This level thing is bollocks. What defines the level? You can't tell me that Stoke, Wba, West Ham have considerably better players than us. All this level thing is bollocks. Should after last season be easily a mid table team. The fact we have spunked our chance doesn't mean we are where we deserve to be. Just such a shame we have wasted money and chance to become a similar club to likes of Everton, a top eight sort of side. Sick of also hearing this fluke league win also. Flukes happen in cups. Great teams win leagues. You don't fluke a 38 game season.
  21. Wonder if you extended that courtesy to Ranieri? I highly doubt it.
  22. Honigstein seem to be logical and objective on this issue. His opinions are not fuelled by emotion but by facts. I hope Honigstein stands up for our club a little bit on Mondays pod for some balance. We've been vilified on every media outlets for 3 straight days.
  23. I bet you put 3 kisses on the end of it
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