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Leicester City confirm trip to Thailand

Thursday, September 30th, 2010

​Leicester City have confirmed they will travel to Thailand for a week-long tour next month.

They will fly to Bangkok on Sunday, October 10 and, on the following Saturday, will play the Thailand national side, which is managed by former England captain Bryan Robson. Kick-off will be 6pm local time.

Full story in tomorrow’s Leicester Mercury.

Leicester City striker Matt Fryatt hungry for goals – BBC News

Thursday, September 30th, 2010

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Leicester City striker Matt Fryatt hungry for goals
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Leicester City striker Matt Fryatt's 50th league goal for the club in the defeat at Norwich was more than a little overshadowed by his
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Defender Tom Kennedy says it’s down to Leicester City players to stop the rot – Leicester Mercury

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Michael Lamey has conceded that Leicester City’s beleaguered defence will have … – Leicester Mercury

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Michael Lamey has conceded that Leicester City's beleaguered defence will have
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City have conceded 22 goals in nine league games, with 12 coming in the past three defeats against QPR, Portsmouth and Norwich. "We must work harder in our

Leicester City chairman Mandaric pleads with fans to back manager Sousa

Thursday, September 30th, 2010

Leicester City chairman Milan Mandaric has made an impassioned plea to the supporters not to turn on manager Paulo Sousa and his players.

Mandaric told the Mercury he likened the current situation to when City were relegated to League One for the first time in the club’s history and his call for unity then was heard by the Blue Army.

Mandaric, below, urged supporters not to believe press speculation that Sousa is on borrowed time, but some fans think otherwise after Tuesday’s defeat at Norwich – the team’s third successive loss.

There were even reports on Tuesday that former City boss Martin O’Neill was being lined up as a successor, but Mandaric said Sousa had the full support of himself and City’s new owners, Aiyawatt and Vichai Raksriaksorn.

“Things go wrong but we can’t turn things upside down now, for God’s sakes,” said Mandaric. “We can’t turn around now and say Paulo needs to go! Now is the time for us to show how strong we are together, how united we are behind our manager and give him a chance to get the results.

“I would like to remind everyone what happened two years ago when we had a horrible time going down. At that time I called on everyone to be united and energise ourselves, get behind the new manager and the team, and give him time to show what he could do.

“We had gone down but all the supporters gave undivided support to me, the manager and the team at that time. They didn’t know anything about Nigel Pearson at that time, but at the end of the season we put smiles back on their faces.

“I am asking the same again. It is a difficult time, but it is time to be united and not to listen to speculation in some parts of the media. Get behind the manager and give him support. I believe in the manager and the team and we need to give them our support. It is as simple as that. As far as I am concerned I told him on behalf of the owners and myself there is tremendous support for him overall and we all have to pitch in and do the same.”

Mandaric said Sousa was just as upset as the supporters following last Friday’s 6-1 defeat at Portsmouth, but he urged the fans not to heap more pressure on the manager.

“He is not a happy man and the players are not happy, the supporters are not happy. All of us are not happy,” said Mandaric. “But it was just a week ago that we played Portsmouth and we demonstrated our capability.

“Prior to that we beat Cardiff with a good performance. It was not too long ago and we shouldn’t forget that, just because of one disastrous game.

“I have met with Paulo and he is unhappy. He has heard the rumours and he knows that it was a game that no one can be proud of, but you have to support the manager.

“What about me when we went down? I spent millions of pounds to turn us around to support the manager.

“I didn’t leave the team down and I ask the supporters not to desert the team, let’s be united. That is what you have to do in difficult times, and this is a difficult time.”

“We are trying to find the winning formula and, while we are doing this, they need support. It is not easy. We have a really good owner and I have more desire to give support when the results are less successful.

“I will do everything I can to influence things one way or another so that we can turn things around, and give our supporters a winning club.”

Mandaric may have sold the club to the Asia Football Investments consortium, but he feels he still has a vital role to play as chairman during a difficult period.

He also urged people not to listen to reports that he is about to take over at Portsmouth again.

“I do feel there is more importance on me to help Paulo,” he said. “I am the chairman and I remain in the firing line. I never run away from that. I need to be there and I don’t hide.

“I am going to stand behind Paulo and the players and I ask the supporters the same thing.

“The worst thing now would be to go against Paulo and take away his energy. We are all human and he needs support and the players need the support.

“This is the worst time, when you see the speculation from some people about his job, and the speculation about Portsmouth as well. You can’t listen to those things.

“The facts are we are having difficulties at the moment, but we will come out of these difficulties.

“We have experienced them before but, unfortunately, that is football for you. We will sort things out, as we have always done before.

“Look at how many times this season we have had a clear penalty not given, or a goal disallowed, how many times we have been unlucky. But we can’t dwell on that, we need to win the games.”

Sousa ponders tactical switch in search for winning formula

Thursday, September 30th, 2010

Under-pressure Leicester City boss Paulo Sousa looks likely to abandon the 4-3-3 system as he attempts to end the damaging losing streak which is jeopardising his future at the Walkers Stadium.

City’s 4-3 defeat at Norwich on Tuesday night was their sixth defeat in nine games and leaves them propping up the Championship.

Now Sousa, who is also being linked with a move to Greek club AEK Athens, knows that he has to come up with a winning formula against Scunthorpe on Saturday to avoid incurring the further wrath of an increasingly impatient Blue Army.

City worked their way back into the Championship contest at Carrow Road by reverting to 4-4-2, before striker Matty Fryatt’s dismissal checked the comeback.

Sousa said: “Every time we change to 4-4-2 with two strikers down the middle, it has been a change in a positive way and we will explore that more, and probably, from the beginning.”

With Fryatt expected to serve a three-match ban for violent conduct, Martyn Waghorn looks favourite to partner Steve Howard in attack against the Iron.

However, Sousa knows his major concerns revolve around a back-line which has conceded 22 goals in nine league games.

And he said it is vital for the team to put up a rigorous case for their defence in Saturday’s clash at the Walkers Stadium.

He said: “We keep working on that, but to change it we need two or three games with a clean sheet to encourage our players and to avoid the decisions we are making at times. It is something we want to change and something we work on every day to change, but it is not easy.

“Confidence comes with wins and with clean sheets, especially for defenders and goalkeepers. It is something we want but we have the quality and want to push up front sometimes and that means we are exposed.”

Sousa has also admitted his frustration at being unable to strengthen a defence which is now having to cope with the additional loss of Miguel Vitor, who is also serving a ban for his dismissal in last week’s heavy defeat at Portsmouth.

Sousa had a bid for Swansea defender Ashley Williams turned down in late August, while a mid-September move to bring in Kamil Zayatte on a loan deal from Hull, with a view to a permanent deal, foundered in its final stages.

There were suggestions that Zayatte had problems with his medical, but Hull boss and former City chief Nigel Pearson said the reason the deal fell through was “administrative, technical and financial in relation to emergency loan regulations.”

The City boss said the search for new recruits is continuing, but added: “It is something we wanted to do from the beginning, but the market has not been good for us.

“When we come close to concluding deals with certain players we always have an issue and it doesn’t allow us to settle the deal. We keep going because we want to add more quality.”

The Portuguese sports newspaper, A Bola, claims that Sousa is a target for AEK Athens, whose head coach Dujan Bajevic resigned earlier this week.

Defender Lamey concedes Leicester City players must cut out silly errors

Thursday, September 30th, 2010

Michael Lamey has conceded that Leicester City’s beleaguered defence will have to work harder to eradicate the errors which are blighting their Championship season.

City have conceded 22 goals in nine league games, with 12 coming in the past three defeats against QPR, Portsmouth and Norwich.

“We must work harder in our defending. The spirit is there, but every time we score, the opposition then get a goal,” said the 30-year-old Dutchman, preferred to Robbie Neilson at right back for the 4-3 loss at Carrow Road on Tuesday.

“Things are not so good and we are last in the table and we’ve given away three goals on the counter against Norwich, which made it difficult.”

Lamey, who joined City in the summer after a spell with German club Arminia Bielefeld, said manager Paulo Sousa spoke after the Norwich loss about a team which is working hard, but does not have luck on its side.

“Our luck is out but we don’t need to keep conceding goals,” said Lamey. “We are also making mistakes and we have to work hard to stop making them. We are playing better football than our opponents but we are giving them easy goals.

“When we went 1-0 up against Norwich we should have been making it 2-0, but instead we were 3-1 down.”

Lamey described his own performance against Norwich as “average”, but was pleased to win a second League start after impressing during a trial spell at the Walkers Stadium.

He also knows all about being in a relegation dogfight, as Arminia were dumped out of the top flight of the Bundesliga during his first season at the club.

The former PSV Eindhoven man left Arminia at the end of last season after they failed to gain promotion back to the top flight

“We have to focus on every aspect of the game and stick together and do our best to get out of this situation.

“Of course, we are under a bit of pressure but we have to forget about it,” he added.

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