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1 hour ago, Guest said:

He won't be happy until George Hirst is our player-manager and our team is stacked with players 6'3 and over. No use trying to talk sense into this one I'm afraid.

It is true I am not a massive fan of short-arsed players , with the obvious exceptions  of course, and we have a manager who is height-challenged as well. George is not ready quite yet for premiership management but more than ready to score goals for us.

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If he can perform a miracle now and make our depleted team win 3 in a row I will forgive Brendan and the team’s Bournemouth collapse.

god help him if we are humiliated in our next 3 games. Covid-19 is bad enough but that on top will make the rest of this summer miserable.

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2 minutes ago, cruzFOX said:

If he can perform a miracle now and make our depleted team win 3 in a row I will forgive Brendan and the team’s Bournemouth collapse.

god help him if we are humiliated in our next 3 games. Covid-19 is bad enough but that on top will make the rest of this summer miserable.

Come on mate...could be worse,you could be here in Leicester...love Callifornia by the way.

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20 minutes ago, Steve Earle said:

Can someone post the John Percy article which is behind the Telegraph paywall?

It's not behind a paywall for me, but here's a screenshot anyway

 

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Leicester are three games away from securing a Champions League return, but ahead of Thursday’s crucial encounter with Sheffield United, it feels like the narrative has dramatically changed.

The spectacular capitulation at Bournemouth on Sunday has raised the spectre of this season ending on a sour note and, outside the King Power Stadium, many are observing that the wheels are falling off Leicester’s team bus.

How can a team fourth in the table be seen as unravelling? 

It does not appear to be a recent blip, though - in the 20 Premier League games since manager Brendan Rodgers signed a new contract on December 6, Leicester have picked up just 24 points.

Rodgers admitted there was a sense of “shock and disbelief” after the 4-1 defeat at struggling Bournemouth, which was a glorious demonstration in the art of self-destruction. 

Comparisons with the 2013/14 season at Liverpool, when Rodgers’s team collapsed in the final three games to lose the title, are inescapable.

Yet the table shows us that Leicester are still above Manchester United, Tottenham and Arsenal in the table, and four points behind Chelsea. 

Premier League 2019/20 latest standings (top six) 
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Jamie Vardy is on course for this season’s Golden Boot and finishing in the top six, at the worst, would represent progress since Rodgers’s arrival.

But after a season which had them just eight points behind Liverpool on December 8, it would be a bitter disappointment to miss out now.

“Sheffield United is always a game we’d earmarked to win and results over the last few days have underlined the fluctuation and the rollercoaster that the league is,” said Rodgers.

“We’ve got three games to go, what an incredible position to be in among these super-clubs trying to get into the top-four.

“Wherever we finish it will be the second highest finish for Leicester in the top-flight so, for us, it’s an exciting challenge.”

After their game against Chris Wilder’s United, Leicester face Tottenham this weekend and Manchester United in a potentially pivotal game on the last day. For now, their destiny remains with them.

Rodgers urgently needs a response from that defeat at Bournemouth, and will be acutely aware that securing a return to Champions League football holds the key to a brighter future.

If Leicester miss out on the top-four, the noises are that transfer funds will be limited for next season. Indeed, Rodgers admitted before the restart that loan signings would be most likely. 

It is unclear just how much damage, if any, Covid-19 has inflicted on Leicester’s owners King Power, the travel retail company based in Thailand.

Leicester’s transfer money would, of course, be boosted by player sales and there is no doubt that Ben Chilwell’s future will be even more uncertain without European football.

Chelsea and Manchester City both want the England left-back and Leicester will be vulnerable to offers, despite proving such tough negotiators in the past.

Rodgers will miss out on a Champions League bonus, believed to be around £750,000, while it is also understood that player contracts have big financial uplifts if they qualify for next season’s competition.

"You cannot worry about where you finish, because that will be determined by how you play," said Rodgers.

"We've got to where we are now because of our process and we must continue with that.

"We've shown we have a blueprint to win football games, and in a style that we want."

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Leicester may need Champions League qualification to keep hold of Ben Chilwell CREDIT: GETTY IMAGES
Leicester's top-four mission has suffered from misfortune at a damaging time, with Ricardo Pereira out for the season and James Maddison (hip) and Ben Chilwell (heel) doubtful for Thursday. 

Caglar Soyuncu’s reckless indiscipline at Bournemouth means he will be suspended for the rest of the season, while Kasper Schmeichel and even the imperious Jonny Evans both committed costly mistakes at the Vitality Stadium. 

Yet Rodgers cannot escape scrutiny, and nor would he expect to.

The substitution of Kelechi Iheanacho at half-time in the Bournemouth defeat was particularly strange, also allegedly confusing the other players. What was viewed as tactical ingenuity earlier in the season is now seen as unnecessary tinkering.

Earlier in the season, Rodgers would have been more ruthless and implored Leicester to add a second goal. The stunning 9-0 thrashing of Southampton in October is proof of that.

Leicester’s approach since Project Restart is more ponderous and laboured, drawing comparisons with those drab days under Claude Puel, and shot conversion rate is dramatically down.

Victory over Sheffield United will require a serious improvement in performance, but would certainly ease the tension. 

After so many outstanding performances, and a club record eight successive wins at this level, Leicester do not deserve to be remembered this season for a late meltdown.

Rodgers said: “There are still twists and turns for this season. There is always pressure and it’s dealing with it.

“I’ve got a great trust in the players and they give everything. Wherever we finish after 38 games is where we deserve to be.”

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36 minutes ago, An Sionnach said:

It is true I am not a massive fan of short-arsed players , with the obvious exceptions  of course, and we have a manager who is height-challenged as well. George is not ready quite yet for premiership management but more than ready to score goals for us.

..got high hopes for Hirst!!!

Very Vardy like, obviously not in style but he is mentally tough and never gives up.

 

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5 hours ago, An Sionnach said:

As an analogy , I ' m doing a skilled job in a factory and some college educated type, who has never done the job himself , starts telling me how to do it. What would you think? In truth you see it everywhere these days and it ain't working. When Guardiola criticises your play you absolutely know it comes from somebody who knows what he,'s talking about.

Guardiola, is definitely Not a Good example,to the avg-proven top manager.....his success and style is an exception to The rule.

So wins you no discussion....

Plus if Somebody is classed has being in a skilled job in a factory...during his apprenticeship he would of gone to college.

being skilled,doesn't make you a stubborn moron....You Listen to Everything put forward,and know even the unskilled Worker can bring something to the table..in

 

Oh..!!! how many People on here, reached any decent Top flight hights in football,  but like nothing more than spouting out the riot act , over situations they

themselves have never experienced....Even football pundits,ex-players/managers get it totally wrong....

 

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18 minutes ago, Blue and white said:

3rd in 1928, 4th in 1962, or does football only count since 1992 now.

no football counted but its just that we didn't have any fans left after finishing 3rd in 1927/28, 2nd in 1928/29 then a lowly 8th in 1929/30 they all got fec'd off demanded the manager be sacked before going off & supporting a team that never loses :ph34r:

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i’ll be honest and think that part of the way Brendan seems to be handling himself in the media and protecting his public image certainly gives me the impression that he’s on a long term PR mission to create the image needed for a top Job.

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A bit worrying in that article that if we don't get CL we won't have much money for transfers and may have to look in the loan market.

 

What happened to the Maguire money?

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6 minutes ago, Ricey said:

A bit worrying in that article that if we don't get CL we won't have much money for transfers and may have to look in the loan market.

 

What happened to the Maguire money?

Probably eaten up by the pandemic.

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5 hours ago, That_Dude said:

 

Your analogy is completely wrong and you fail to understand the difference between player and manager. Even if in the same field, these are two very distinct jobs that require a complete different set of skills.

 

Rodgers did play football, albeit not at the highest level, and he does understand more than enough of the game and its rules. Tactics, formations, long-term planing, man management, appraisal of the individuals and the team, playing to their strengths, all of these are essential in a manager's job. Nutmegging two players at once, making a 50 yards pin-point cross, having won the CL as a player, are not. Players carry the manager's vision on the pitch, they follow orders, they don't give them. Having these skills will make you a good manager, no matter how shit you were as a footballer. Lacking those means you'll be a shit manager, no matter how good you were as a footballer.

 

Maradona was one of the greatest footballers ever, but an utter failure as a manager. Klopp never made it to the Bundesliga, Sarri was a banker and played at an amateur level. By your logic, these guys do not know what they're talking about and shouldn't be allowed in the dressing room.

 

Sorry mate, you're having a mare. Just let it go, it's becoming embarrassing.

This is spot on! 

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23 hours ago, Dan LCFC said:

Total inferiority complex. I'm not having any of that. We were miles ahead of Manchester United.

 

What excuse is there to lower our own standards?

 

You'll never get anywhere if you place a glass ceiling above your head.

We all know Man United are bigger, Chelsea are bigger, Arsenal are bigger.

 

For the majority of this season, they haven't been better, that's the key. Now it looks like several might be if we end the season badly from here.

 

They should be raging in the dressing room at the opportunity lost. Shrugging shoulders and accepting your place should be banned.

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40 minutes ago, MPH said:

i’ll be honest and think that part of the way Brendan seems to be handling himself in the media and protecting his public image certainly gives me the impression that he’s on a long term PR mission to create the image needed for a top Job.

I would suggest that his stock is trading pretty low at the mo. Given that he hasnt won much outside Scotland, which hardly counts, what are his credentials for a move to a “big club”?

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Fundamentally, Brendan is right though. Our demise over the second half of the season has certainly casted enormous doubt over his credibility and perhaps more so, the quality/attitude of some of our players. But it's the same combination that took the league by storm and I think it's perhaps naive to suggest that Brendan drastically changed his philosophy that has lead to this. Injuries and a young, largely unproven squad are bound to suffer more from the loss of confidence our Christmas results would have created. But as fans, we equally suffer from the latter, tenfold; our confidence in a team that a few months ago, felt could challenge for the title has fallen off a cliff. 

 

Inexcusable as it might seem, we are still 4th with 3 games to play and look likely to break into a top 6 that was seemingly impenetrable. I think the psychology behind our loss of faith is quite similar to eating the best part of your Christmas dinner first, only to be left with the stuff you didn't want so much - so on and so forth until you end up with the thing you didn't want at all. Doesn't change the fact that you had the best bit, but leaves an incredibly unsatisfying taste at the end. So I suppose the question for all of us is: would we rather have had the 9 game winning streak, or had those results spread throughout the season? 

 

I think if it were the latter and we were still in this position, then perhaps we wouldn't be having this debate at all; and Brendan's system would still look just as effective. I suppose you can look to Wolves, who have a ridiculously talented squad, but drawn more games and won less, to see my point. Nuno is rightly regarded as a wonderful coach and lauded by their fans, whereas we've turned to disregard our own, who has achieved more highly. 

 

However you see it, Rome wasn't built in a day and it would be ludicrous to expect that with our small, relatively inexperienced squad, we would be able to maintain our form from earlier this season. Nonetheless, the signs and potential is there, so having some faith that we're still very much heading in the right direction is important during a difficult patch for us. 

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6 minutes ago, Bossman Blessed It said:

However you see it, Rome wasn't built in a day and it would be ludicrous to expect that with our small, relatively inexperienced squad, we would be able to maintain our form from earlier this season. Nonetheless, the signs and potential is there, so having some faith that we're still very much heading in the right direction is important during a difficult patch for us. 

We did start with six thirty-somethings against Bournemouth and replaced Nacho with an older player so youth had nothing to do with the disaster there.

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