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  1. 167 points
    While I have been posting, I have been fighting a shocking depressive operation. I have had my own " great escape"..the Doc, told me,99% sure they got it all out. unfortunately. It was cancer of the kidney, so the tumour has meant , it took my kidney with it. The 1%...control they still have to clarify. I just want to say a big thankyou to this forum, and all posters..It was/has been my outsiders relief. Whether , I disagee, or agree with opinions, its great to see other perspectives and opinions!! I obviously worried about my wife and our children, when , it was thought to be a simple kidney stone or absess, Then I have to tell them of the true diagnose, the pain which they try and hide, comes through, but we got through, also with our wry, crazy humour, but when I was alone the depression was eased, by using , reading this forum.. fearless Leicester fighters,..we cant lose....Thanks guys n gals. Mods if I posted wrongly, then just move it, to another topic. I still hope to carry on with my weird posts and opinions but for the next month, I will be drifting in and out..
  2. 80 points
    Hi,everyone.I have posted this subject yesterday,and now I want to update something.Thank you for all of Leicester fans here,I receive a warm welcome from the big family.This is the first time that I contact with FOXES fans from local.As I said,I am looking forward to finding a pen pal.Although fans here say I can enjoy myself and talk with fans here,I still want to make pen pals with local FXOES.I am going to enjoy myself too. There is only a few Leicester fans in China 3 years ago,most of them are international students who studied in Leicester.After we created the history last year,many people said they have been supported Leicester for a long time(You know they are Champion fans).Some even said that they are 20,30 years Leicester fans!You know they are joking but I don't like them. I am a 16-years-old boy from China.I set up a Weibo (just like twitter in the UK) for Leicester city football club in 2014.I like Leicester city through a football manager game.I found LCFC and chose it to play.Then,I helped the club win the Premier League Champion.It was quite amazing at that time.And I wanted to search some information about this club, but I found nothing through some Chinese websites.So I was trying to search for information on lcfc.com,twitter and facebook.Since then, I have become a Leicester city fan.And I set up the Weibo to promote the news of LCFC. I set up the Weibo on March 22,2014.At that time, we are only at the Championship.Time flies, and now we are the champion of the Barclays English Premier League.I still can’t believe myself.During the two years, I nearly send news to our fans in China every day.The number of LCFC fans in China is increasing quickly these days.Many people like us because we establish such a miracle.And some funny fans even indicated that they have been LCFC fans since 1884! My Weibo’s followers is also increased quickly.Now,I have more than 10,000 followers.And some magazines even have an interview of me and post my life to other fans in China. Make my dream come true last year,visited U.K. and go to the King Power Stadium Waited in the hotel where Leicester live,Got lots of photos with players and signed kits.Here is my photo with Mahrez,he looks a bit unhappy. With Shakespeare Albrighton signed for me Met Filbert Fox with my small Filbert,so awesome and amazing.My photo was also posted on the twitter. Leicester fans meeting in the Hong Kong Rula Bula Bar,with Heskey and Gerry Watch PFL Asia Trophy Daily Mail posted an article about me and other China FOXES fans last year,first is me:http://www.dailymail.co.uk/wires/afp/article-3565046/Its-red-Leicester-thanks-Chinas-number-one-fan.html
  3. 78 points
    ONE POST. it took one post about a club LEGEND for people to start bashing him. Four posts in and 50% of the posts are bashing him. a club LEGEND. He's won it all. He's played his part in a lot of that. He's not Conrad FVCKING LOGAN. leicester fans sometimes man
  4. 71 points
    Got offered the opportunity to get a free Premier League medal, play in one of the most highly acclaimed squads in the history of the Premier League for a manager that's somehow made Raheem ****ing Sterling look world class. Imagine what he'd do with Riyad. Forgive me a bit of shameless rep-point grandstanding but he's helped us get promoted, helped us win the league, helped us get to the quarter finals of the champions league. Just like Drinkwater, he had every right to look to progress his career and do so with our support and gratitude. That's football, folks. All he did was request a transfer. There's been no downing of tools, no flouncing off, no refusing to play, no kicking up a fuss. He was a consummate pro after the summer, got his head down and got back to his very best. Nothing to suggest he isn't going to do so again now. He's probably leaving in the summer and when he does, cest la vie. Until he does, he's one of ours and he's a big part of our push to get back to our European tour. I for one can't wait to see the bright lights of Tallinn, Kharkiv, Warsaw and Tirana in the tin pot cup. So please, stow the childish bitterness, stop buying in to the pathetic Sky Sports narrative that he's causing disruption in the squad, don't believe the melodrama and just ****ing support him and the rest of the lads.
  5. 71 points
    Last game of the season. Wembley Stadium. Tottenham Hotspur, 5th place, take on Leicester City in 6th, a place in the Champions League up for grabs if Arsenal in 4th fail to win away at Huddersfield, who need a point to stay up. Leicester fans have spent the last five weeks ironically singing "we're coming for you" to Tottenham supporters as the North London club's form gets "a bit Spursy." The night before the game, Jamie Vardy retweets Harry Kane's lion meme and the stage is set. A tense and cagey affair follows with Bobby Madley doing his utmost to clamp down on Leicester's ball winning and Jamie Vardy being called incorrectly offside a record fifty eight times. Dele Alli, fresh from his sixteenth should-have-been yellow card blazes over from an open goal after Son leaves Kasper stranded and the Wembley crowd begin to get desperate. Somewhere around the 93rd minute (Madley has had 9 added on), news comes through that a late Mooy equaliser has rescued Huddersfield and left Arsenal vulnerable (their players aren't aware Tottenham vs Leicester isn't a final score, so they're busy posing for selfies as the action continues in the national stadium.) In the 99th minute, Danny Rose army dives to the floor about six feet away from Danny Simpson a metre outside the box and Bobby says "close enough!", pointing to the spot. Kasper is so outraged (he's already been booked for taking three seconds to take a goal kick) he calls Madley a **** and gets his marching orders, leaving Iborra - as the tallest player on the team - to go in goal for the kick. The ground falls silent as Harry Kane steps up and is about to shoe it top bins as Vardy produces a deafening armpit "fart" with a cheeky grin and 'Arry slices his effort straight at the post. The ball rattles between both posts and lands at Iborra' s feet. Calmly, Vicente inspects his finger nails, adjusts his eyebrows, flicks some dirt off his shorts and then pings a glorious fifty yarder for Vardy who started running the second his prank stopped echoing round the ground. Still giggling at his own joke, he races up the right hand channel, skinning a desperate Jan Vertonghen and squares it sharply across the eighteen yard box to find a full tilt samurai who has never run so fast in his life. With Lloris closing him down, Shinji gives him a casual eyebrow wiggle then promptly up-ends himself over his own feet and drops like a stone to the deck. His noggin catches the ball on the way down and he awkwardly cannons it off his forehead past a completely stranded goalkeeper as Ian Darke screams out: OKAZAKIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIII. ("Okazaki Day" is promptly celebrated every year in Leicester for the next decade.) Leicester leap to fourth and leave the North London clubs to be the biggest fish in the Europa League for another season, Wenger signs a new contract and Kane is brought by Manchester United for five hundred million in what Mourinho calls a bargain (he scores three goals all year from right back as Jose tries out his new 10-0-0 formation.) Spurs collapse to tenth the following season while Claude Puel leads Leicester to a heroic treble, beating Atletico Madrid in the Champions final in an act of final cosmic justice. Andy King scores the game's only goal.
  6. 71 points
    For those who are not on facebook. I'm please to confirm that I manage to spent 20 mins with Claudio with my son Dan on Saturday morning to give him his book with your messages before training. We then watched the match Vs Marseille He thought it was 'fantastic' and that I was to thank everybody. I have attached a coupe of photo's. I have just transfer £1211.67 to the Leicester Childerens hospital charity which Claudio nominated to receive the funds. If you ever get a chance to go to Nantes, I thoroughly recommend it, it is a beautiful place. Thank you everyone for you support, messages and donations. Dean Hawthorne (left)
  7. 68 points
    Fuchsy...Good to read this. I'm about to commence my own battle....6 months of 'chemo' starts next week and, as I've already been 'signed off' from work for some weeks, I'll be facing, at best, near enough a year at home/in hospital. Luckily my treatment is mainly 'takeaway' with a little bottle and pump strapped to my forearm so the time at home will far outweigh the 2 days per fortnight I have to attend the oncology unit. The trouble is that boredom can too easily kick-in and I, like you, find that reading through the forums, contributing occasionally, is a decent antidote to it! Here's wishing you a full recovery and a resumption of normal daily life !!
  8. 67 points
    I love this forum (and God knows I waste a disproportionate amount of my free time contributing to it) but one thing really pisses me off and that's the battering some posters give our young lads. It's the same at the ground to the point where I regularly get into disagreements (albeit friendly-ish) with some of the miserable feckers who sit near me. Obviously everyone is entitled to their opinion but for the life of me I can't understand why some sections of our support are so keen to criticise our young players when we have probably the most promising group of youngsters in our history. There's a reason Gray, Chilwell, N'didi and Maguire are being linked to other clubs, it's because they're ****ing good players who we should cherish rather than berate the minute it's doesn't go so well. The thing with young players is that they're, well, young. So by definition they're going to make mistakes and poor decisions sometime because you only get experience by playing and making those errors. When I read people in the Peterborough thread saying we should flog Gray I wonder if we saw the same game because what I saw was a guy that Posh just couldn't live with but who needs to just refine his game a little. Likewise, if you not excited by the potential in the likes of Chilwell, Maguire and Iheanacho then I wonder if you're just a miserable sod. Similarly, at times this season, Chilwell, N'didi, Amartey, Iheanacho and even Harvey Barnes (after one bloody appearance) have taken some heavy stick which seems not only disproportionate but massively counter productive to me. I'm not saying people should say they've been wonderful when they haven't been and of course they're not beyond constructive criticism....it's more the 'he's shit'/ 'sell him' / 'should have sold him' / 'he thinks he's better than he is' comments that piss me off as they just smack of jealousy. It's probably those fans who will be first to call them a traitorous cvnt when they move to a bigger club. Sorry to rant but I think we've got it good right now and as I say, I think we should be excited about the team's potential.
  9. 61 points
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  11. 60 points
    Thanks for the last 9 years. Thank you for: League One title 2 painfully unlucky Play-off semi-finals Championship title The Great Escape The Premier League Title Sevilla at the King Power, 14th March 2016 - the best game I have ever been to. Thank you for your service. Good luck for the future.
  12. 59 points
    Just been reading quite a lot of negative stuff about Riyad on other threads and thought I'd speak up for the Algerian genius. I'm 32 and I have been going down city all my life. In my time as a fan I have paid money to see plenty of players with the technical ability of a potato. meaning no disrespect to a lot of them they were what they were but as a fan watching these donkeys ply their trade was pretty lousy entertainment. Riyad Mahrez was and is, head and shoulders the best and most technically gifted footballer I have ever seen or will ever see playing for Leicester. When he had the ball at his feet it was like watching a great artist paint a brilliant picture. He was the kind of player that made the thousands of pounds and all those miles stuck on a motorway worthwhile. Watching him these last few years must be similar feeling to United fans watching George Best in the 60's or Stoke fans watching watching Sir Stanley in the 40's. He was a maverick, an Individual, a once in a lifetime player. Now a lot of you can delude yourself and say that he wasn't trying last year, which is ridiculous he has always had a languid, laid back approach to the game and no one complains when we were winning. Or people can pretend he's a Judas and that they hate him and want him gone so it makes his leaving less painful. Truth is he already gave us 1 year more than he needed too. Myself I will just be incredibly grateful that Steve Walsh plucked him from obscurity in the french championship and I got 4 years of going down City watching a player like that. I can hope and pray that we somehow sneak another year or two out of him but if not I wish him him well not just for the entertainment he brought but because without him we never would have had this:
  13. 53 points
    Six years ago today. We signed Westley Morgan from Forest for £1m. Nigel Pearson's second signing since returning (the other being a certain Mr Drinkwater). Six months later, as a result of his strong performances, he was awarded the captaincy of Leicester City Football Club. Since then... Captain when we pushed for that play-off spot. Captain on Deeney Day. Captain when we set a new club record for consecutive wins (9). Captain when we were promoted to the Premier League. Captain when he lifted the Football League Trophy. Captain when we overturned a 3-1 deficit to beat Man Utd 5-3. Captain when we were rooted to the bottom of the league for 6 months. Captain when we couldn't buy a point. Captain when we looked doomed at the start of April, 7 points off safety. Captain when we turned it all around. Captain when we won 7 out of 9 to pull off the Greatest Escape. Captain when we surprised everyone with our great start. Captain when we kept it up. Captain for 36 games without a booking. Captain at the Etihad when shit got real. Captain at the Emirates when Arsenal won the league on Valentine's Day. Captain when we ground out every 1-0. Captain when we just. kept. going. Captain fantastic equalising at Old Trafford to take us within a point of winning the league. Captain when he was being dragged around Jamie Vardy's kitchen floor after Chelsea equalised. Captain for every minute of that season - every 3420 of them. Captain when he lifted the Premier League Trophy with Claudio Ranieri. Captain when he paraded the trophy to 250,000 people. Captain when it went wrong again. Captain when he put us ahead against Sevilla. Captain when he rushed back from injury to put in a proper captain's performance in the Champions League Quarter Finals against Atletico Madrid. Captain still, as we evolve into a top team. Scored at Old Trafford to take us a point within winning the Premier League Title Scored at the King Power to help take us to the Quarter Finals of the Champions League. Here's Wes, looking for his competitors for Leicester City's best ever captain: £1m. Leicester City legend.
  14. 52 points
    I noticed on a Guardian thread today that an old Spurs myth about 2015/16 had reared its ugly head once again. That old canard about TV scheduling in the title run-in. I'll quote the post verbatim: Leicester played first something like 6 weeks in a row due to TV schedules. Didn't come to it of course,but would have been interesting to see what might have happened had Spurs had the opportunity to apply some pressure by playing first occasionally Now it's true that we did play first several weeks in a row in the title run-in. Four times in a row in fact, with our games against Sunderland, West Ham, Swansea and Man U. We also played first the following weekend too (the Everton game), but we were already champions then. So although the guy exaggerated a bit, it looks like he has a point, right? Well, he says would have been interesting to see what might have happened had Spurs had the opportunity to apply some pressure by playing first occasionally. But if you look at the four matchdays immediately before the run of games above, you see that in three of those four, Spurs did have precisely that opportunity to apply pressure by playing first. Why doesn't our Spurs fan mention those fixtures? Well, it's becaue they don't fit the theory. Let's have a look at the detail: 1) With just 10 games to go, Spurs had the chance to finally go top if they could beat Arsenal in the Saturday lunchtime game. Despite being 2-1 ahead for that famous 14 minutes, and despite Arsenal being down to 10 men, they allowed a late equaliser, and later that day we took advantage at Watford, going five points clear. 2) With just 8 games to go, they had the chance to reduce the lead to two points if they could beat Bournemouth. They did - they won 3-0. But what was our response to this pressure? We beat Newcastle on the Monday night to restore the five point lead. 3) With just 7 games left, Spurs had the chance again to get within two points by beating Liverpool in another Saturday lunchtime fixture. They failed, with Poch famously beating the Anfield turf in frustration. We responded by beating Southampton and moving seven points clear. To sum up, in the title run-in, Spurs dropped points in four crucial games. Two of those were in fixtures where they played before us (as mentioned above), two were in fixtures where they played after us (West Brom and Chelsea). So the theory is basically bollocks. They bottled it when they played first, they bottled it when they played second. The only constant is not the scheduling, it's the bottling.
  15. 52 points
    Hello people, I'm French, not a Leicester City fan - sorry- but thanks to Puel I'm following your team. Some informations from France (I mainly follow Ligue 1 and I spoke with Puel in two occasions): 1. Puel is a very calm person. Even if he were fluent in english, he would be very calm and quiet. Some people hate him for that as football today is more about idiocy than football. Some of your fans will hate him for that. It's quite normal in our era. That's how he speaks in French: 2. Puel is passionate. Truly passionate. He doesn't care much about the media. Have a look at him when someone from your team scores and you will understand how he really is. 3. Puel loves discipline. He is disciplined towards himself and wants discipline from players. He built his own career around discipline (when he was a player at Monaco, it was his main quality). It's not only about yelling against players. Puel creates structures inside the club to make the players more disciplined and professional. 4. Puel can show a lot of love toward a player (it was the case with Ben Arfa and will certainly be the case with Mahrez). Yet, there are no free-pass for those players. 5. Puel is one of most respected French technician. Technicians from the French Federation of Football know he is one of the best technician in France right now. Actually, if he was not that quiet, he could have been the French national coach for the World Cup (that's what people say in football circles... sadly, not in the media). 6. Puel is known in France to take an average team with some potential and make it a lot better: Lille/ Nice/ Monaco (even if Monaco was a fairly big club at the time). 7. In big clubs he can struggle. With Lyon he struggled a lot. He spent 124 million euros in two transfer windows (which was a lot at the time) and still struggled. Lyon was like the PSG of today (in France) and he couldn't win the league. He is hated in Lyon for that. That semi in UCL was not that big for Lyon supporters. 8. Puel is stubborn. More than Wenger (I think it's natural for you to compare with another French coach, so... I'm doing it). If the board doesn't follow him, he can stop at the end of the season (he never abandons his teams like that, which I think is a good point). 9. Puel is a very hard worker. He dedicates his free time to football. 10. Puel is very demanding towards himself. It's not obvious like that, but he is physically a beast. You will often see him running with the players for kilometers or even playing football with them. He doesn't like being a spectator during the trainings. 11. Puel doesn't care about age. He will put the best player on the pitch. If this player is 16 years old, so be it. He gives many chances to young players. 12. Puel does like fresh players. Turn-over is very important for him (it's even more important in England because of the Boxing Day). 13. Puel loves trying new players. He can buy a lot of small players and make them good (or good enough to play league games). He takes some calculated risks and can sometimes win (or lose). 14. In terms of tactics, Puel likes possession. He can also do a kind of Catenaccio à la Française (same as Raniery), when he doesn't have the quality in his team. I think he is the best French coach right now (above Zidane as Zidane is managing egos). A lot of French people won't aknowledge it. I'm a PSG fan since decades. I've never been a fan of his teams. Still, I can aknowledge the quality he brings to his teams. I think Puel is the best French coach. P.S: Sorry for my poor english. I'm doing my best.
  16. 51 points
    Have just beaten a team 11th in the table 3-0 despite a poor 1st half we could easily have scored 1 or 2 more and Kasper hardly had a save to make. We were without our 2 first choice full backs Simpson and chilwell and Morgan came off after 25 mins, Iborra didn't play and Vardy was rested. Silva made a cameo appearance and did very well yet some still moan. We sit 8th behind 6 teams you have to say are bigger than us despite what some may say on here and some are not happy. The manager has had to work with the squad he inherited without bringing in any of "his" players and in a short time has turned around our playing style and struggle to grasp people cannot see an improvement to our playing style. Read back on some of the recent posts on here and see how many actually come across as wanting us to lose or play badly just so they can moan and say i told you so. Forget the one off title win but have a trawl through the history books and see how often we have finished 8th or above. After being behind Villa, Forest, Derby for many years even Coventry some really need to stop and just look how far we have come in quite a short period of time and be happy with the best ever time to be following the Foxes
  17. 51 points
    Gutted, really am. The best player ever to wear at LCFC shirt and its been an absolute plessure watching him play. We will miss him more than anyone else in the team. You wont relise what we had until he has gone!
  18. 51 points
    Am I reading this right....... he's gone from a god to cannon fodder in the space of 12 months He hasn't said anything derogatory about the Team, The Players, Fans or the Owners. In fact he's been the same on nearly every interview he's been on..... Quote:....... It's football He gave us a place in history with the team, the fans, backroom staff and the owners OK, he didn't get it right and we're in a better position than we probably would have been had he stayed But come on, he deserves nothing but our gratitude for last season alone. As for the Kante thing, we don't know the actual facts but we do know Ndidi came in under his tenure. In my world, he still holds a piece of my heart and I have nothing but respect for the man who gave me so much joy last season. The man on the left will always be in the picture.............. Nobody can take that away Ps: We all know Rachel had a supporting role as well
  19. 48 points
    First Time poster so apologies if this isn’t the right place for my point. For many years prior to promotion we all marvelled at the cash in the Premier League and we all desperately wanted a piece of it , so much so once we got it seems we would sell our soul to remain in this league , the rise of player power and the rise of cash in the league is intrinsically linked , neither has been good for football. Football, its history and culture are and always have been indivisible from its blue collar supporter base, us the working men of this island , Our Kop Spion , Liverpool's Kop End , Manchester United's Stretford End, Arsenal's North Bank, and Aston Villa's Holte End were just a few of the legendary fan strongholds within the grounds that are almost as famous as the players that graced the stage before them, now the average working class man on minimum wage can’t afford to sit with his family in these grounds, all because of the lust and greed for money. It looks like the Chelsea boss Conte is going to be sacked or replaced at Chelsea and if that happens it will be the 3rd season in a row that The Manager of the champions of England has lost his job within months of wining the title , that is a shocking indictment on football and us all that make up the football community. It seems in the Premier League Nothing matters more than Money , the Mahrez situation is a key point to how money consumes all , right or wrong no one wins in the Mahrez situation and ultimately one way or the other the only people paying for that mess is us the Fans. Out most gifted player ,probably ever, is Now openly hated by many of us , the same people I believe owe him a huge gratitude for helping delivering us to paradise , he is a young man who is obviously very poorly advised , he has behaved terribly, but none of us know the full story , but what ever the background I can tell you this mess has been caused by one thing ...MONEY We won the league with a squad that cost 1/3rd of what Man City offered us for Mahrez , Pause and think about that , we won the premier league with a squad that cost the current price for Mahrez’s torso !!! Right now every lower league club is sinking , how can that be happening ? In a football world that an agent can be paid £40m for helping to arrange a transfer (pogba), how is possible that so many clubs are facing financial ruin ? it’s obscene and that’s just my opinion and I make no apology for that, but it seems you cannot criticise the Premier League these days , we are conditioned to be accepting and not to challenge the carnival of filthy cash that the EPL has become. 3 or 4 decades ago I regularly stood on the Kop eating a nasty burger after supping a couple of pints of flat Carling soaking up the heady intoxicating atmosphere of professional football, it was a time where your footballing hero could still be found in the local nightclub smoking Marlborough and drinking a Bottle Of Two Dogs, Back then I near dreamed that one day Money would make me so disillusioned and awkward about following a premier league club , I fear elite professional football has lost its soul , our communities connect with our football club is all but eroded , it’s now a business offering entertainment for an inflated fee no different than the Odeon charging £13 each for a movie that you can stream online for free. And where does this all end ? I fear in melt down , Because money is the glue that is holding all this together right now when that money dips , runs out or dries up I believe LCFC and many clubs like ours will be left Line Dancing at a funeral. Love is a readily traded commodity these days , and because of that it dies all too easily , my love for elite professional football is dying and I’m afraid it is being killed by greed and money. And I suspect I’m not alone
  20. 48 points
    I'm at Disney Magic Kingdom in Orlando right now. Mickey Mouse himself just came up to me in my Leicester shirt and shook my hand to congratulate us on the 3 points. We are massive...
  21. 48 points
    I swear some people on here are just motivated to look for negatives and then jump on them... You are embarrassing some of the "so called" fans on here, especially in the post match thread who are abusing Shaky.... YOU should resign from FT. Yes we lost but to blame Craig is not on. he made substitutions that he felt fit at the time because he knows more than all of us on here put together. I actually saw genius in his tactics, but this time didn't pay off.
  22. 48 points
    Yes! We... Leicester City... Are on the eve of a 4th season in the Premier League! Who would have thought this when we were promoted just over three years ago? Where we've come from and where we are now just don't compare; even more so if you want to take this back to when the Srivaddhanaprabhas took us over. It has been an amazing past three years, certainly it has never been boring. The great escape, the title win, the second escape and a new manager, selling players for £30m+, buying players for £30m+, Champions League quarter-final, two players in an England team at the same time... 3 years ago, who would have thought? We are improving the team; no more having to sell our best player to buy the players we need in three other positions. You can't get a ticket most games for love nor money. It's almost surreal. I find the doom-mongers to be completely bizarre. Surely they're just joking, right? We're going to have another solid season and next year will be our 5th season in the top flight, which hasn't happened in too long. We can and almost certainly will become one of the established Premier League teams in a season or two. So we're not going to shell out £50m on a midfielder... good! Our record transfers have a habit of disappointing anyhow. Keeping Mahrez, as looks likely, is pretty much the same as signing a new £50m midfielder, especially as he seems to have realised that if he wants his dream move, then he needs to knuckle down. Years ago we would have lost a player like that, as it is, we seem to have learnt from the Kante deal and if you want our best players, you pay what they're worth! We have plenty of cover in most positions, young and promising players who can push on, owners who are willing to invest. No doubt the Johnny Comelately glory hunters associating with the club are thinking that these should all be a given, but anyone who has been a fan for years should be salivating at the mouth and looking forward to what is ahead of us for the next 9-10 months. I'm not saying we're going to win the league again, I'm not saying top four, but I can't see why not, with fair winds, we can't make it into Europe again. I for one am really, really looking forward to the season ahead. Whatever comes, it won't be boring, but I just have a feeling it's going to be tinted blue. COYB! 2017-18
  23. 48 points
    Highest win rate of any Leicester City manager in the Premier League. Led us to the Champions League Quarter Final, and could have progressed had a refereeing decision gone the right way. Has the support of the players and owners. Knows the club inside and out having built for our success with Pearson and Walsh. I believe in you Craig!
  24. 47 points
    Absolutely no chance. No idea why people are utterly desperate to get rid of him.
  25. 47 points
    https://www.theguardian.com/football/2017/sep/08/matty-james-pain-remember-rest-of-life-leicester-city-interview Matty James: ‘I was in so much pain I’ll remember it for the rest of my life’ Stuart James Friday 8 September 2017 18.47 BST Matty James spent the whole of Leicester City’s Premier League winning season on the sidelines. Photograph: David Sillitoe for the Guardian Amid all the euphoria that accompanied those wild celebrations at the King Power Stadium on the evening that Leicester City were crowned champions of England, it escaped unnoticed that one player was struggling to hold everything together. “I felt I didn’t deserve to be there, to be pictured,” Matty James says. “If you ask Danny Drinkwater, when I lifted the Premier League trophy I went to him, he had me in his arms and I was in tears. I was crying my eyes out, purely because I had no part to play in it whatsoever.” James spent that entire season – the most famous in Leicester’s history – on the sidelines, physically unable to contribute after rupturing the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee in the penultimate home game of the previous campaign and mentally tormented by the once-in-a-lifetime experience that was unfolding on the pitch while he was fighting to save his career. “I was going home thinking: ‘What is going on here? The club is going to win the Premier League and I’m nowhere near it,’” James says. “It wasn’t that I didn’t want it to happen. But it was hard because I felt like I was on a rollercoaster going all the way down and the club was going in the opposite direction.” By the time James did return to Leicester’s lineup, against Arsenal at the beginning of this season, it was 865 days since his previous start for the club – a remarkable statistic that reflects what an ordeal it had been for the midfielder to get back to where he was before the injury happened. That journey has taken in three knee operations, regular visits to a psychologist, emotional conversations with his family about finding another job, desperate attempts to win over Claudio Ranieri, and a kidney infection that left the 26-year-old in so much pain that he says he will “remember it for the rest of my life”. James has never had any desire to speak publicly about all of this before, yet it is a measure of his positive frame of mind on and off the field now – he has started all three league games this season, recently signed a new four-year deal and is the proud father of a four-month-old boy – that he is happy to talk candidly for more than an hour and a half about everything he has been through. “I am in a really good place now,” James says. “I’ll be 30 years old when that contract runs out – I didn’t think I was going to get past 25. I thought I was going to be doing something else. But it doesn’t stop here for me. I want to do more things for this club, only without setting big goals, because it’s been a devastating thing for me when I have done that, in terms of the unrealistic ones that I set with the injury. But that’s not to say I don’t have dreams and aspirations.” Some of those ambitions are fuelled by seeing what Drinkwater, who is one of his closest friends and could line up against him at the King Power Stadium for Chelsea on Saturday, has gone on to achieve. The pair enjoyed the best part of a decade together at Manchester United, lived across the road from one another in Cheshire and spent the past five years sharing car journeys to Leicester after joining the club in 2012. “We’re kind of joined at the hip,” says James, smiling. “I rang him the other day and said: ‘You need to get Chelsea on the phone because it’s round about six months we have apart, it can’t be any longer.’” James is laughing, yet there is a serious point to make about him and Drinkwater, given that before his injury he was keeping out of the Leicester team the man who will be an usher at his wedding next year. Indeed, James could be forgiven for looking at Drinkwater and thinking that it could easily have been him playing for his country, winning a title medal and at the centre of a multimillion-pound transfer. “I can’t fault what Drinky has done,” he says. “To play for England, win the Premier League and get the move to Chelsea is phenomenal. And for me to be such a good friend, I couldn’t be happier for him. At the same time, you do think: ‘Would I have had that opportunity?’ But it’s only now that I’m getting myself back to the level that I need to be at. Obviously I want to give more. And I think things like Drinky’s story drive me on. There’s no reason why I can’t play for England and achieve things at this football club. And I think Drinky would be the first person to say I can do it. But I’d never say I’m jealous because that’s not the case at all.” Envy is not something that anyone would associate with James, who is a hugely popular figure among the staff and players at Leicester. Listening to him talk, there is no trace of resentment towards those who were creating history, more a sense of despair and disbelief that he was on the outside looking in, not just injured but enduring setback after setback. It all started when he ruptured his cruciate ligament in May 2015 in what seemed like a fairly innocuous incident as he chased Ryan Bertrand. The prognosis after surgery was that he could be out for a year, but James refused to accept that timeline. Initially he made good progress and there was a suggestion he could be involved in an FA Cup replay against Tottenham Hotspur, eight months after he had left the field on a stretcher against Southampton. But then James suffered his first slice of bad luck. “I played in a reserve game at Blackburn a few days before and the pitch was boggy. I went to have a shot, my foot sank and I felt something straight away. I was in denial and ran off but I felt physically sick. Within five minutes I was like a three-legged dog, all over the shop. I walked straight into the dressing room, rang Dave Rennie, the physio, and we went to see Andy Williams, the surgeon. They put a camera in and it showed that I’d torn a bit of the meniscus. So I had operation number two.” James was back in training by March and still had his heart set on playing before the end of the season, but then came another blow after he woke up one morning with severe pain in his left knee. An MRI scan showed nothing was wrong, prompting James to question himself, even though he was sure there was a problem. “I didn’t think I was a hypochondriac but at that point I started asking myself: ‘Am I making things up? Is it me?’ I said to Andy, the surgeon: ‘Listen, I’m begging you, put a camera inside it.’ So they did and I remember when I came around from the arthroscopy, Dave was sat there and told me that the little anchors they use when you have cruciate surgery had snapped. I think the surgeon had only seen it once before.” That third knee operation proved to be a “breaking point” for James. Leah, his fiancee, and his parents, Maxine and Lynton, were always hugely supportive but they had also been taking the brunt of his frustration. Feeling low and worried to the point that he was having discussions with his family about the fact he had nothing to fall back on outside of football, James decided to look for help in another direction. “That’s when I sought psychological advice,” he says. “I started seeing Martin Littlewood [a sport psychologist]. When I first went to see Martin, I think I spoke for an hour and a half without him saying a word. I had tears in my eyes. It was just a release. “The big thing that came out of our conversations was that he said to me: ‘You need to find your identity again.’ I said: ‘I don’t even know what that is any more.’ He talked about everything away from football, like my family, and he said: ‘That’s your identity. You’re not the footballer; the footballer is inside you.’ It was eye-opening and I stopped thinking about things that I couldn’t control – because I’d been trying to control everything.” Through sheer determination – he even converted his garage into a gym to do extra rehabilitation work – James managed to get himself into a position where he was travelling with the first-team squad by the end of the season, despite undergoing three operations in 10 months. Leicester won the title with two matches to spare and James saw a window of opportunity to achieve his goal. “We played Everton at home and Chelsea away, and I think every member of staff wanted me to get some minutes. I think all the players did, too – even if it was just five minutes. But I just don’t think Ranieri understood it. Chelsea, especially – I travelled, I was in the squad, but the shirt wasn’t there. And that was tough because I wanted to try to prove I could get back – just a couple of minutes going into the summer would have been a massive boost.” The one positive for James was that he was fit again. He headed to the US for three weeks with his brother, Reece, who plays for Wigan and was also recovering from a serious injury at the time, and trained twice a day to be ready for pre-season. What followed when he returned was a freakish chain of events that left James feeling as though he was cursed. “I woke up on the first day of pre-season and thought: ‘What the hell is that?’ I had a sharp pain in my lower back. I went to do the test run that we do and I had to grit my teeth to get through it because I felt horrendous. I came back in and urinated blood. They did some tests and it turned out that I had a kidney stone. I went for the operation but the urethra was too narrow for the kidney stone to pass, so I had to have a stent in for three weeks to stretch it. I carried on training with the stent, taking all kinds of medication to get through it, because I felt I had to do that with Ranieri because I didn’t have anything to fall back on to prove to him what I could do. “When I had the stent removed and the kidney stone obliterated, they told me there was a 1% chance of infection. I went home and woke up at 4am, white, wet through and in absolute agony. Leah rang Dave and he told her to take me straight to A&E. It turned out I had a big kidney infection. So the only thing that had been going through my head was impressing Ranieri and staying within touching distance, and now it was gone. They were flying to Los Angeles and I was in Wythenshawe Hospital in Manchester for six days. I remember coming back in afterwards and everyone saying: ‘You’ve got to be the unluckiest player around.’” Convinced by now that he would always struggle to impress Ranieri, James got himself fit and pushed for a loan move, only to be told that he was still part of Leicester’s plans. “Then, on 31 August, Ranieri pulled me into his office and said: ‘It’s deadline day, we’re not going to name you in the Champions League squad.’ I was gobsmacked. I was thinking: ‘If I’m not in the Champions League squad, I’m 100% not going to play in the Premier League, it’s the 31 August, I’ve not started a game for over a year, what the hell am I going to do?’” Resigned to not playing competitively until the new year, James ended up coming on as an injury-time substitute in the 4-2 victory over Manchester City in December to a standing ovation from the Leicester supporters, but that was his only appearance under Ranieri and by then he knew that he “had no choice but to get out”. Barnsley took him on loan in January and James will always be grateful to Paul Heckingbottom, their manager, for the faith he showed in him when others were sceptical. With confidence restored after making 18 appearances for Barnsley and parenthood bringing him so much enjoyment outside football, James returned to Leicester this summer feeling reinvigorated. The club’s decision to give the manager’s job to Craig Shakespeare, who had always been supportive of James through his injury problems, was another encouraging sign for a player who deserved a few things to fall into place for him. Back in the team and enjoying his football, he is thankful to so many people at Leicester for their help, yet is also not thinking too far ahead. Lessons have been learned in that respect and it is interesting to hear him talk about “always being in rehab” from now on to make sure that he is doing everything in his power to remain fit. In his mind, though, it sounds as if the battle has already been won. “That’s the biggest thing – I am 100% stronger mentally,” James says. “And that will help me now as a player, as a dad and after football.”
  26. 47 points
    Director of football
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    Manchester City’s Greed Has Thrown Leicester’s Season Into Chaos Simon O'Keeffe February 2, 2018 The story of a player being denied a move to a bigger team is not a new one, but as Leicester are now discovering, the fallout can be all too real. When news broke on Tuesday that Manchester City had either lodged a bid for Riyad Mahrez, or fully intended to do so, it came as a surprise. Granted, Man City’s previous pursuit of Alexis Sanchez had come to nothing but at least they had been tracking him for months, that at at least made some degree of sense. But when that deal didn’t go through, it looked as though Pep Guardiola would just have to plod on with the vast array of attacking talent available to him. Imagine, then, the surprise that Leicester must have felt when the Premier League champions-in-waiting came storming in with offer after offer, seemingly determined to take the Foxes’ star player with no prior warning before the last 48 hours or so of the January transfer window. Leicester, mindful of the fact that they had little or no time to replace the Algerian were he to be allowed to depart the club, initially resisted any form of deal before eventually relenting and agreeing to sell the 2016 PFA Player of the Year if Man City came back with a package worth £95m (subsequently lowered to £80 when Patrick Roberts was taken out of the equation). In the midst off all of this drama, Mahrez had suddenly decided that he no longer wanted to be a Leicester player and duly handed in a transfer request, just as he did last summer. He also took it upon himself to skip training on Wednesday (and has not been back since), so adamant was he that he wanted to play for Guardiola and win his second Premier League title in three years at the end of this season. And so to the take-it-or-leave-it ultimatum that Leicester offered Man City. Having barged in and disrupted the Foxes’ camp and probably threw the remainder of their season into chaos, the league leaders were set to emerge with a new player. And yet it was at this point that the same moral quandary befell them that had previously sen them pull out of the Sanchez deal. Clubs like Man City tend to speak the language of money and are quite prepared to throw it around when they need to, and yet they balked at Leicester’s demands as if they were being unreasonable. They ended up walking away from the table on deadline day, passing through the King Power like a hurricane and leaving Leicester and Mahrez to deal with the fallout, with the relationship between player and club in tatters. Man City had decided, having spend almost £60m on a French U21 international centre-back, had decided that a Premier League winner and Ballon d’Or nominee was not worth £20m more than that. The fact that Man City wanted Mahrez should not grate too much – after all, he is one of the best players in the Premier League, it stands to reason that he should be a man in demand from the upper echelons of the division. However, it’s plainly obvious that neither City nor Guardiola actually needed him. With Leroy Sane injured until March, Mahrez would effectively have been signed as cover for the German. A gilded stopgap, if you will. Could Guardiola really not have been expected to carry on with David Silva, Kevin De Bruyne, Raheem Sterling, Bernardo Silva, Brahim Diaz the soon-to-return Gabriel Jesus and, if a change of formation was required, Phil Foden, Yaya Toure and Ilkay Gundogan. Rather than offer Patrick Roberts to Leicester, couldn’t they just have recalled him from his loan spell at Celtic and used him, as was surely the long-term intention when they paid Fulham £12m for his services in 2015? Guardiola made his name off the back of bringing through promising youth products at Barcelona, prospects who would go on to conquer Europe, and yet in the past month he has shown signs of being drawn into the money-based instant gratification-hungry world of Premier League capitalism. Had the Mahrez deal gone through, Guardiola would have spent £500m in his time at the Etihad. Granted the squad was in serious need of redevelopment and investment and while he has great success with the likes of Sane and Gabriel Jesus for fees that look relatively modest in today’s market, the last-minute hunt for Mahrez just for the sake of it was crass and needless, spending just for the sake of it. It’s crossing the line between obscene and outright vulgar. And so Man City move on. They will still win the Premier League this year, will be favourites to win the FA and Carabao cups and stand a good chance of winning the Champions League. All of this would have been true without or without Mahrez so this whole ordeal has had a negligible impact on their season, bar the slight inconvenience of having an important player out of action for a few weeks. But for Leicester, as they now attempt to handle Mahrez’s continued absence from training, they now have to deal with the aftermath of daring to command a player to commit to the long-term contract he signed 18 months ago.
  28. 45 points
    Right, all you feckers who have been giving Puel a hard time. Stop and look what he's doing. If you REALLY looked, you'd be seeing he's trying to make us much harder to beat. Good on him. Brilliant win tonight. Fifty quid in my sky.
  29. 45 points
    sry guys for bringing this topic from dead... one football club fan to another...:) whell I need to share something with you guys....in season when you won Premier leaque my team in Croatia was fighting to stay in first division..... Last season it was fantastic for us, we finished 4th after strong fight for 3th place.....but we got place for UEFA leaque qualification and it was excelent achievement for us after so many years of fighting to avoid relegation... here is what synergy we have with ours team...this was after one of the wins in end of the last season....check on 1:15 when ours players come to fence to sing with us. this is also one excelent picture from last season: why am I writing all this....whell....you will understand.... I AM PROUD ABOUTH MY TEAM.... ofc I am:) after 2 round of qualifications for UEFA league....we got a best gift for this season...today we played with PSV Eindhoven. ...Yes,yes...you have much stronger games each season with top of England teams......but one Fan to another....this was one of ours bigest games in history....and you know what???? WE WON!!!!! right now I really dont care what will be in Osijek next week...we will enjoy one of best moments in ours history. thanks for yours time!! hope you will have again good season, I will watch yours games as many I can for sure! best regards from Croatia
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  31. 44 points
    Good riddanace? More pathetic stuff from our fans about someone who has been a great servant to the club. Sad it didn't work out and he's been stitched up by Rudkin who I hope also goes. I'd have given him another couple of games, but the owners will have their ear to the ground at the club and things can't have been good for them to act so quickly. All the best Craig... now please god can we do some sodding research this time.
  32. 43 points
    Dreaming of the day he makes his return to the LCFC dugout. It will happen.
  33. 43 points
    Booked a table for 8pm... Turned up at 8.014pm and they wouldn't serve him!
  34. 42 points
    5 wins, 5 draws, 5 defeats, 20 goals for, 20 goals against, 20 points. That'll please all you OCD neatness freaks.
  35. 42 points
    The Kante release clause was a complete bogus that we got stung on. He didn’t even want to sign for us and had rejected the move cus he was holding out for a move to Marseille. It was only down to the fact we were so persistent, Marseille weren’t 100% sold on him & we offered him double the wages that he signed. The release clause was a sweetener! It was the equivalent of signing a complete unknown player from league 1 and adding a £30m release clause to get the deal over the line! He’s a complete one off so can point fingers all day long at the usual scapegoats but just imagine if we hadn’t agreed it?!?! U win some u lose some in football and looking at the bigger picture I think we won big time!
  36. 42 points
    What a laugh. Not even finished pre season and a thread like this appears.
  37. 41 points
    I was having a family dinner today whilst the match was on, so didn't get to read much of the match thread or contribute to it. But, as usual, what I was reading was really positive when we scored, to utter doom and gloom when we conceded and especially when they got the winner. Now I'm reading in the post match thread that some people are wanting Puel out! WHAT....DID...PEOPLE....REALISTICALLY....EXPECT.....TODAY? Most of the pre match predictions were of us to get hammered, with score lines of 3-1,4-1 (I had that) and good old Scouse with his 9-0. We were leading until the second half ffs! We kept out an on-form, free-flowing side, playing all four bloody strikers and went down to a late goal (surprise surprise) to win a very good game of football. Did any of you really imagine that we would hold out after approx 50 mins when they equalized? With the back four we were playing, at Anfield, in front of a buoyant home crowd? I think people need to get real. If you genuinely believe we were going to go on to win that match today, you're spectacles are ridiculously blue tinted. We need to get through this difficult run of games, beating Huddersfield at home next, get Silva into the equation, and give Puel the time he needs to shift some of the bloody rubbish in this squad, and start to properly rebuild it. The level of animosity toward a team that was reduced in strength and playing away against a team bang in scoring form, is not proportionate to losing just 2-1 Get a sense of bloody perspective, give the new manager time to build HIS squad of players and then properly judge. Personally, I don't envy him. The club has signed some stinking players in recent times.
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  39. 40 points
    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.
  40. 39 points
    I think I'm going to throw up. Cringiest thing I've ever read.
  41. 39 points
    There ya go..... I like Puel. He don't say much on his interviews but he is no mug. Tactically we are miles above where we were under Shakespeare
  42. 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.
  43. 39 points
    Leicester loves you more than you will know. Thank you for giving us 5 years. Thank you for 218 games, 15 goals and 23 assists. Thank you for your contribution to Leicester City - Leicester City - winning the Championship, winning the fvcking Premier League, and reaching the Quarter Finals of the Champions League. The most incredible period in Leicester City's history - we would not have been Champions of England without you. You are and will always be a Leicester City legend. I for one, thoroughly wish you well for the rest of your career! Thank you.
  44. 39 points
    So what if Chelsea go down? Conte has earned the right to take them down. They've won the league, what do they expect? Entitled fans need to get a grip. Conte should stay even if they end up in League 2.
  45. 38 points
    I'm aware he has a thread stating his move to Swansea. But let's face it, he'll be gone in the summer. (Certain FTs will be on my back no doubt) 😉 I just wanted to start a thread dedicated to the sort of player the modern game is missing. Yes his form/overall influence deteriorated in the last 4/5 seasons but we can't deny his legacy. 3 league titles in the top 3 divisions, you could argue the Premier League title run started with his winner against West Ham the season before that ignited the team's form. I'm not going to state he's our greatest ever player, he's not. But what he's accomplished with the club, with such an admirable attitude, deserves recognition. Not to mention being our top scoring midfielder! Best of luck Andy King!
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  48. 38 points
    Well, his actual quote says: "Shakey (Craig Shakespeare, Leicester manager) has always been there for me at Leicester. He always spoke to me one on one. With him getting the job now I am happy with that and hopefully I will get more of an opportunity." So no.
  49. 38 points
  50. 37 points
    in all seriousness, he's an absolute legend of the club. Loyalty is such a hard thing to come by in football these days and to have someone stick with you through the lowest of the lows and see him be rewarded with the highest of the highs is what you want to see as a football fan. To me, it doesn't matter if he's not that good any more - he's deserved his place at the club and there is a place for sentimentality when you see what King's been through and what it's culminated in to for a club like us.