So, another former England manager bites the dust with Sven-Goran Eriksson leaving big spending Leicester City after an inconsistent start to the season.
Unrivalled promotion favourites, City currently sit 13th in the nPower Championship after a disappointing season which so far has seen them win only five of their opening 18 games, writes Dan Whitelegg.
The Foxes spent big in the summer with wealthy Thai owners King Power demanding Premier league football be brought to the stadium that bears the group’s name. A host of names were brought in with the likes of David Nugent, Kasper Schmeichel, Paul Konchesky and Matt Mills arriving, making them clear favourites with the bookies to retain their place in England’s top flight after a 10-year absence.
However, as many Championship rivals may have hoped, perhaps too many signings were made and Leicester are so far struggling to match up to the pre-season expectations.
As a result Sven has agreed to leave the club via mutual consent and admits he is saddened he won’t be leading the club into the Barclays Premier League. Many on the other hand, will possibly be pleased to see that money can’t buy you everything in football as more and more foreign owners think that a large wallet is all that is needed to bring success.
The big question now is who is going to take on the big spenders with Martin O’Neill already being cited as the preferred and undoubtedly most qualified man for the job.
O’Neill is regarded as one of the most successful Leicester bosses in recent history after leading the club to two League Cups and impressive Premier League finishes in his five-year spell at the club which ended in 2000 after moving to Celtic.
He has been out of football since leaving Aston Villa in August 2010 and is always one of the most sought after managers. He will be without doubt the fans’ number one choice.
However, other names have also been linked with the job with the always outspoken Billy Davies also being backed by the bookies, as well as the more seemingly unlikely names of Carlo Ancelotti and Slaven Bilic. Under normal circumstances you wouldn’t expect such names to drop down to a Championship club, but as Sven did before them, they may become attracted by the money, ambition and the chance to get back into English football.
The Leicester City job will be seen as a great opportunity by many managers with all the potential the club has to continue growing, and there is no question that with the squad that has already been assembled at the King Power stadium, a promotion could still very well be on the cards for the east Midlands club.Tweet
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