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  1. 60 points
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    Why the **** would you pick Sean Dyche over Claude Puel? Criticisms of Puel basically come down to his teams being well organised but not exciting. Since when were Burnley the English Monaco? Everyone forgetting that Sean Dyche signed Marvin Sordell, Lukas Jutkiewicz, George Boyd and went down whimpering about pound notes? All he's done since is make Burnley a bit harder to score against. They were just as shit away from home last year as we were. They finished narrowly outside the relegation zone, saved by the ineptitude of Hull team that started the season with about 13 registered players. Their three wins this season - there's no denying the Chelsea result but the other two were against sides in the relegation zone. There's absolutely nothing impressive about the guy in the slightest. He'd be a downgrade on Pearson returning and I'm not even joking about that. Pearson literally out performed him on pretty much equal terms and helped send him down as we escaped. He claims he's disadvantaged because he's English, absolute shit, it's the complete opposite. He's only given the time of day by the media because he's English.
  3. 39 points
    If I read someone still banging on about FFP in the Championship, in my head it sets off an instant trigger that the person talking about is an absolute melt of the highest order and their opinions are absolutely worthless. FFP is an abomination, an anti-competitive abortion designed to keep smaller clubs from ever achieving anything, and stop owners from investing in their business to grow it. We were set up to fail FFP, we had invested heavily pre FFP, and because of how transfer expenditure is declared, we were already tied in to having to declare losses on failures like Mills, Beckford, Danns as transfer costs are spread over the duration of the players contract. Then, after we'd already spent the money, new rules were invented which we had no chance of complying with, because we had already broken them before they existed, and we had no chance of blocking them as the other Championship clubs voted them in because they saw it as an easy way of stopping us or QPR from being a threat to them. Of course, many of those who voted for these rules, such as Forest and Bournemouth, have since gone on to break these rules, because when you need to get a better squad, how can you do it without spending money? You can't, so you can only sit there like good little spendthrifts as the same few clubs cycle in and out of the Prem, using their parachute payments to outgun everyone else. What's that, a massive disparity in available money to spend for clubs in the same competition? That doesn't sound very sporting or fair, but its A-OK in the world of FFP. Buying players at Udinese then flogging them to your other club Watford for a pound? Perfectly fine in FFP land. Just don't be borrowing any money and then paying interest on it to grow your business, that's not on. What did we spend when we were crowned champions? Free transfers for GTF and Phillips, a nominal sum on Dean Hammond, and £400k on Mahrez, a player now worth 50 million. Sounds like very sensible and smart transfer spending, so obviously the kind of thing that needs to be cracked down on straight away. Fine them! Then, when they make a loss the following season because of the fine, fine them again. FFP belongs in the bin, and only exists so that big clubs (like Arsenal, funnily enough) have trousered more than their fair share in the past, and want to pull up the drawbridge so no-one else can ever challenge them again, leaving the big clubs to pick up their plunder every year, without the threat of actual competition endangering that for them.
  4. 34 points
    CP has had a decent enough record wherever he has been. Won the league in his first season at Monaco, went to Lille where he signed and set Eden Hazard alive prompting his move to Chelsea. Went to Lyon when they were on the decline and their funding was slashed, didn't win anything but you can't have a perfect record everywhere. Went to nice where the club were constantly trying to stave off relegation and took them to the top 4. Went to Southampton, finished 8th with a cup final. Yes he finished with 17 pts less than Koeman but let's analyse that before just regurgitating throwaway comments. The club sold Mane, sold Wanyama, sold Pelle, they then sold the Captain fonte in January, by February they lost Virgil Van Dijk to injury and their main defender was Maya Yoshida.... He's played attacking football wherever he has been apart from Southampton where their best players had been sold and was forced to play to the strengths of the team. If he can do to Mahrez what he did to Hazard and Ben arfa, we could be in for a treat, christ he even improved balotelli. I said from the start of Ranieri' reign that he will do well (never expected what came next) But I fully support this decision, I had my moments of doubt in the moment, but having spent the last few days looking at his career and analysing where he's been and what he did at each club, I'm more than happy to state that he will take us into the top half and build the club for the future.. Given time he could take us to the top 6 fight for European football. It's time we dropped the 4-4-2 and started to adopt genuine tactics, Ranieri tried a bit more in his 2nd season and failed, but with the acquisition of Maguire, Dragovic, Iborra, I feel we have more ability on the ball and can actually hold up play, or pass the ball fluently. We now have the opportunity to play different formations and become a team with a plan B. I welcome CP as the Man to do it.
  5. 33 points
    Swap the smelly section with the family stand
  6. 31 points
    Think we were desperately missing him until a couple of games ago tbh. Think this thread comes across as both very bitter toward a great player in our history while simultaneously shooting your load too early.
  7. 30 points
    If anyone gets a few minutes to read a piece I did inspired by this thread and the mud that was thrown on all LCFC sackings, that'd be great http://englandshirefootball.blogspot.co.uk/2017/11/this-is-how-it-feels-to-be-leicester.html
  8. 30 points
    A brave, brave username.
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  10. 30 points
    What do people expect Koeman to be able to do for us that he couldn't do for a bigger spending Everton team who current sit below us on points and with a vastly inferior goal difference after a similarly difficult opening 9 games?
  11. 29 points
    Fantastic idea. I can see it now...
  12. 29 points
    Novel idea... hire a manager that's got recent history of succeeding at their last few clubs on an upwards curve. Not a manager just sacked for being horrific and slated for trotting out slow predictable boring football that doesn't even get points.
  13. 28 points
  14. 28 points
    I think I am already in love. LOOK AT HIS LITTLE FACE!!!
  15. 28 points
    Well played. Hope you stay up and we go up and we play each other next season. All the best for the next round
  16. 27 points
    I like what Puel is trying to do with this team. First half we had 62% possession. We finished with 54% possession. We created enough chances to win the game. If he organises the defence and signs 2 full backs we will be a proper team. This team is work in progress but I like what I'm seeing.
  17. 26 points
    So we have an experienced ex - high quality international footballer with an excellent reputation at our training ground and all people can do is moan. He might just want to keep himself sharp and maybe pass on some knowledge to our players in return. Brilliant news if true.
  18. 26 points
    You, sir, do not belong on Foxestalk. The accepted norm here is to watch a game waiting for a mistake. That is your starting point. Then, with this confirmation bias in place, you watch a player and notice only the bad. The good you ignore or discard as fluke. Then when the bad happens you magnify and exaggerate it. You talk about it until other people start to think it's true, start to imagine it's true. Until they believe that your opinion is fact. And so next time said player makes a mistake people think "yeah, he did that last match too" and soon enough King is shit, Okazaki does nothing but fall over, Gray has a bad attitude and all Yakubu does is score. The above methodology is reserved for all players apart from a select few that for some reason you defend even though no one quite knows why, not even you. You reserve the most spiteful stuff for the young and the foreign. Or those who's face for some reason annoys you. You continue along this path until someone says "I thought x player payed quite well". You then accuse this person of being some sort of "bumder" and tell them "Hey, I'm just a realist" and you make it look like they are going on and on about the positives and that they never see the bad and are randomly, just being too nice unprovoked, forgetting the fact that you actually started it and they are merely responding. Then you keep slagging off the players until they have a game that even you cannot describe as crap at which point you shut up and focus on either the manager or the owners instead, or you point out that the opponents are shit. The joy here is that if they are below us you can say "we should have beat them because we are bigger than them" whereas if they are above us you can say "we should aim higher, we can;t just say it's OK to lose just because they are bigger than us. You are of course entitled here to completely ignore the irony in expecting to beat all "smaller" clubs whilst expecting us to beat all "bigger clubs". After a good game, because of all of your slagging, someone will post something positive about a player. This is your time to pounce with the classic "one good game doesn't mean anything you moron, I am a realist here, you can't judge someone after one good game". Again, you shift the emphasis on to them, as if they are being simpletons when in fact, again, it is you that started it all and they are merely commenting in response to your constant sniping. You make it look like they are the ones jumping to conclusions after one game when in fact, of course, it was you all along. Anyway, apologies for the long post but I just wanted to give you a heads up as even though your post above seemed very reasonable I hope you can now see you are just some Pearson bummer who is probably "too young to remember when we were shit" and too positive. Thanks Rumble. X
  19. 25 points
    I ain't even mad. They were clearly better than us and we didn't park the bus. I like what Puel is doing with this team and can't wait until Silva joins the first team. Top 8 is still on.
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  22. 23 points
    PS this is great news
  23. 23 points
    My sons friend passed away at 16 years of age , he was a hugh leicester fan and we are trying to get a minute of applause going in the 16th minute of Sunday's game. Please share
  24. 23 points
    In the last 20 years we've only had 4 foreign managers (Sven, Sousa, Ranieri, Puel) and we've had 12 British managers (O'Neil, Taylor, Bassett, Adams, Levein, Kelly, Allen, Megson, Holloway, Worthington, Pearson, Shakespeare).
  25. 23 points
    Great games from most, Amartey and Iborra stood out. The Goals: 1-1 Ihenacho 2-1 Slimani 3-1 Mahrez
  26. 22 points
    The thing that winds me up about the people GaelicFox is on about are that they're usually the first to make Armistice Day and the poppy all about "our" boys in the contemporary armed forces. I have a real problem with this and "rememberance" day in general. A lot of the point seems to have been lost and the worst thing about it is it seems to have been lost for the sakes of flag waving, patriotism and hero worshipping soldiers (which is flag waving and patriotism in another form) and that's exactly the shit that we should be remembering NOT to partake in on Armistice Day. I mean, that's what got millions of conscripts killed in the first place. Makes me really uncomfortable the amount of emphasis on contemporary "vets" that gets lumped in to the same occasion. These guys are modern professionals that opted for a career that ultimately involves the potential to travel around the world killing people thousands of miles from their own back yard. What's that got to do with being conscripted to go and stand in hellish conditions to stop a fascist force overcoming Europe? ACTUALLY defending our futures? Far too many people these days want to celebrate the armed forces. Armistice Day should be about mourning the fact they were ever needed in the first place. Lest we forget.
  27. 22 points
    Anyone complaining about the second half needs to get a grip. That was a good home win and the job was completed in the second half. Delighted for Puel to get a first win and hopefully shut a few negative people up who weren't even going to give the guy a chance! BLUE ARMY!
  28. 21 points
    Yeay!!! My dad got the all clear from prostate cancer following radiotherapy treatment.
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    I'd imagine with it being Everton they missed the target.
  32. 21 points
    The nay sayers couldnt wait for this, couldnt wait to get a few digs in, hes the man now in charge of running OUR team, get behind him for fuchs sake
  33. 20 points
    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/football/2017/11/10/nigel-pearson-brexit-leaving-ostrich-gate-behind-new-life-managing/amp/ At a modest training ground enclosed by woodland, Nigel Pearson is observing a recovery session in front of eight elderly men, one woman and a dog. This is the home of OH-Leuven, a club playing in First Division B - Belgium’s second tier - and located 14 miles east of Brussels, far away from the noise and fireworks of the Premier League. And you sense Pearson could not be happier. He is a former Leicester manager, widely perceived as the combustible character who made headlines off the field and was sacked the year before the club’s title win under Claudio Ranieri. But as he reflects on a diverse range of subjects including Brexit, long-distance walks across the North Downs and an ostrich, Pearson is clearly at peace and relishing a new life in this scenic part of Belgium. “If I was questioning whether I’d fallen out of love with the game, then maybe this has given me a bit of perspective back,” he says. “The Premier League, the power of it sometimes overtakes the people involved in it. Management brings the best and worst out of me, and I think you have to find a distinction between what is work and what isn't work, because football can take over your life. “But this has been a very refreshing experience for me, there’s a humility and realism here. It’s got a different feel and I think it’s a stimulus that I need. “People will have their opinions about the level of football – 'why there?' But there's more to it than just football and it was an opportunity which I didn't expect to happen.” Pearson smiles when asked how his appointment came about in September. OH Leuven’s majority shareholders are King Power, the Thailand-based travel retail group who also own Leicester and dismissed Pearson in June 2015, claiming their relationship was “no longer viable” and that “fundamental differences in perspective exist between us”. The phone call asking him to take the job from Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, Leicester’s chairman, was the first time they had spoken since the split. “It did come very much out of the blue. It was done in quite a low-key way because I think what was going to be important for myself and Vichai, especially with what had happened with the Leicester situation, was just to do it between us. “There will be a number of people out there who might be slightly taken by surprise by the fact that we're working together again, albeit in different circumstances. “But I think there was an element of that which made it even more attractive, and as you can probably tell I’m enjoying it.” Pearson has fully embraced life in Leuven, a city renowned for its university and the Stella Artois brewery, moving into an apartment in nearby Ottenburg three weeks ago. Next week he plans to get his new home “wired up” to the internet. His return to management, after a stormy four-month spell at Derby, has been impressive so far. He has lost only once in seven matches, a 2-1 defeat at Lierse last weekend which ended hopes of securing a play-off place. Yet he has another chance to get OH-Leuven promoted, starting this Sunday, in a league which has an extremely complex format: eight teams play two separate halves in a season with the winners of each half facing each other in a play-off to determine promotion. Confused? Pearson is still getting to grips with it, but intends to be here for the long-term. “I wouldn't be coming here to just work for a season and see how it goes,” he says. “I'm here for the duration, I don't think you can do a job and flick backwards and forwards [from Belgium to England], I think you've got to get into it. “We want this club to establish itself in the top league, but to get there we've got to get up, and to get up there is tough because of the system. It's not going to happen overnight. “You always need enough results to buy you time to do things over a longer period of time.” Sitting in a canteen at Leuven’s training base on a bright autumn afternoon, Pearson could not appear more relaxed. He is far from the irritable sergeant major that many people paint him as; in private he can often be a deep thinker, intelligent and reflective. He still has the army haircut and lean physique but is genuinely good company, even making light of the “ostrich” question when it is put to him. It was that infamous confrontation with a journalist in April 2015 - which saw Pearson take exception to a question from a local east midlands reporter and accuse him of having his head buried in the sand - that many people still associate him with, even though he went on to secure Leicester’s safety with seven wins from the final nine games. The charge sheet that season also included him appearing to throttle Crystal Palace midfielder James McArthur during a game. “Look, I've been in a few tangles in my time, for sure. A lot of them have been of my own making because of how I feel I need to protect the people I'm working with – that’s the players,” he says. “I can’t do anything about that [the ostrich exchange], so there’s no point in me worrying about it. And if that is how people remember me [starts laughing], then I've probably not done very much in the game have I? “I have to accept the trouble I've got into, a lot of it has been either decisions I've made or probably not thought long and hard enough about. “I can't fundamentally change what I am. But if you said to me: 'Would you do one or two things differently?' Yeah, of course I would.” Pearson’s part in Leicester history is assured, taking the club to the Premier League and keeping them there, also laying the foundations for Ranieri’s fairytale. “I know what I've been a part of at Leicester over two spells and I'm proud of that. You talk about the Premier League but the first season there, in League One, was probably the most enjoyable one. “Then going back in 2011 and dismantling a side that didn’t function, with a group of players who at times wore away even our enthusiasm, to eventually get promoted was the best success we had. “I spoke to Steve [Walsh, Everton’s director of football] on Tuesday morning and I said that whatever happens to all of us, we've all done pretty well out of it, we've all had some really good experiences.” What about Craig Shakespeare, his former assistant who was sacked as Leicester manager last month? “I’ve spoken to him a couple of times and I'm really disappointed for him. “He's been a huge part of what's happened at Leicester over a long period of time. There’s no damage done to his reputation, so he’ll be fine. I hope he’s been bitten by the management bug and wants to do it again.” As Pearson leaves for lunch with his players, he is asked for his views on Brexit, as a Brit now abroad. “I don’t agree with it and I think it’s a travesty, personally. I won't tell you how I vote at home but I was definitely a 'remain'. “It's alright for the Scots and the Welsh to say that they're Scots and Welsh, but I'm an Englishman and I see myself as being European. I was bloody annoyed if I'm honest.”
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  37. 19 points
    You're just about the most dangerous opponents we can play at the moment outside of United, Tottenham and Spurs. Why? Because, unlike Liverpool and Arsenal, you know how to defend for your lives. Morgan, on his day, is a beast and Maguire looks good too. Whatever my personal thoughts on Danny Simpson he's clearly a decent defender as well. Lots of teams can defend, though. What sets you apart from Southampton/West Brom etc is that you're actually dangerous in attack, when Vardy and Mahrez are in form. I watched the game against Stoke yesterday and felt they both wasted several opportunities to counter with poor decisions, but still looked scary with their pace and movement. RE Iheanacho, I personally feel you'd get more out of him if he could play a bit further forward- you saw against Leeds what kind of finish he's capable of. However, I don't need to tell you all that City this year are a different beast to the side you embarrassed 4-2 last season. We're far better at the back and less reliant on Kompany (second best defense in the league in fact) and are looking brilliant going forward. Personally, I like Puel and think Southampton were borderline moronic to let him go after he deserved to win them the EFL Cup. He's a good manager for me. On paper, City should win. But Leicester are very capable of shooting us down. That's all I'll say.
  38. 19 points
    Okasaki overlooked once more.
  39. 19 points
    We looked good yesterday for 30 minutes out of the 90... And got VERY lucky with the Fuchs tackle that was a stonewall penalty. If they'd got back in it at that stage the outcome may have been very different! I think Okazaki will still play a vital role in a lot of games. Chilwell and Gray had good games yesterday but we were at home against a team in desperately poor form. Don't think you can read too much into that one game in isolation.
  40. 19 points
    They’ve got into a habit of throwing money away at Everton, it seems?
  41. 19 points
    Ten years ago yesterday we were abandoned by Gary Megson after only 41 days because Bolton Wanderers were a more attractive club than us.
  42. 19 points
    Makes me sick that there are people out there that believe that Wes isn't good enough to be the captain of our club. This is a man that captained us to the play offs, the Championship title, the great escape, the Premier League title and then the Champions League quarter finals is somehow not good enough at his job. He may not be good enough to play in the first team every week (In my opinion he is) but he clearly has a huge influence on this club. He's overseen one of (if not the) most successful period in our history. Wish people would show him some damn respect.
  43. 19 points
    a leeds fan said this about riyad on reddit: "He's a class above anyone else we've played this year. Made a defense that has been fairly solid look absolutely useless"
  44. 19 points
    Not sure if it's been mentioned. In those 200 appearances he's scored 71 goals. That's a goal every 2.8 games! Not bad for someone we signed from the Conference. For £1m. Congrats Jamie!
  45. 18 points
  46. 18 points
    Think about how abject we were at times last season. At times last season you knew we were going to lose the match after about 10 minutes. This is a world away from that. We look awesome going forward at times. We are making progress. Just need to tighten up at the back. The future is bright.
  47. 18 points
    Did a phenomenal job in that promotion season. Shouldn't be underestimated what an achievement that was in extremely difficult circumstances. Who knows what might have happened if we hadn't bounced straight back up.
  48. 18 points
    Michael Appleton to retain role as Assistant Manager
  49. 17 points
    I wouldn’t pay Ulloa anywhere near £7.05 per hour tbh
  50. 17 points
    Never understand why people are so keen to rush back youngsters who are doing well. Let him stay there, much better than sitting on our bench. When he's ready, get him in, sure, but for now we should sit back and watch him grow at a level he's comfortable. We're only just breaking Gray in to the first team, Barnes has a bit to do yet.
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