Gary Neville: I’m really worried about Leicester after a poor summer of recruitment and start to the season | Soccer News


With Leicester at Premier League lows ahead of Saturday’s trip to Tottenham, live on Sky Sports, Gary Neville is seriously worried about their current situation.

The Foxes have had a dreadful start to the season, scoring 16 goals in their first six games and losing five of those games to leave them 20th in the standings heading into the match in north London (5.30pm kick-off).

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Brendan Rodgers is now the overwhelming favorite to become the next Premier League manager to lose his job following a difficult few months on and off the pitch, which have included the departures of Kasper Schmeichel and Wesley Fofana, the latter after a long transfer battle with Chelsea.

Budget constraints meant that only Fofana was replaced, by Reims defender Wout Faes, and for a net profit of £60million. Even so, a string of poor performances, culminating in a 5-2 loss to Brighton in their last game, left Neville telling the Podcast by Gary Neville he was gravely concerned about Leicester’s problems.

“I’m really worried about Leicester,” he said. “Earlier in the season, when Kasper Schmeichel went to Nice, I said to myself ‘why? Why is this sanctioned?’.

“We’re talking about character, he’s not only a very good goalkeeper, but you imagine the presence and the impact he would have on the dressing room. You just can’t replace that.

“They lost [Harry] Maguire forward, N’Golo Kante forward, [Riyad] Mahrez, they have already lost players but I felt like it was a strange thing to do. Now obviously Fofana is also gone and I would be worried if I was a Leicester fan.

“Then there are obviously rumors that the manager is in trouble, he did a brilliant job there. What else was he supposed to say, Brendan Rodgers, that he expected window get better?I think everyone did – Leicester didn’t sign a player until the end.

“Leicester have been like Brighton, they’ve let players go and brought in more, they’re good at replacing them. But you look at what’s happened there now, and I’m worried about Brendan, I am worried about Leicester because they won the league six years ago – and at the moment they look struggling.

Leicester stats down in almost every department since last season, every 90 minutes
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Leicester stats down in almost every department since last season, every 90 minutes

“When you demoralize a dressing room, a technical staff and a manager with the players leaving, it’s very difficult to recover that, so I would be very worried if I was Leicester, at the moment.

Rodgers: I’m supported

Despite previously saying his side were “clearly weaker” than they were last season, Rodgers was defiant when asked if he had considered his position at the club.

His time at the King Power Stadium represents the Northern Irishman’s longest tenure at the helm of a club, and of his support from the Leicester board he said: “It’s been very encouraging. I don’t I’m not stupid, I understand football, it wasn’t a great start, but the support shows the level of work we’ve done here and the appreciation for what we’ve been through over the summer.

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“It is my responsibility to improve the results, there is no doubt about it, but I have had nothing but support to achieve it.”

Rodgers also defended his record, which saw the club finish fifth in the Premier League twice under his management, and lift the FA Cup in 2021.

He said: “I love being here, my record here is concrete in terms of what we’ve done and how the performances have been.

“But it hasn’t been on the level. My career has been built on resilience, which is what you need in this industry. That’s how I got to where I am.

“Strength is very easy to find, it’s not easy when you don’t get results, but it gives the motivation to do it right.”




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