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Brown Nose

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Leicester City are locked in a relegation battle and the club’s ownership, King Power, is now coming under growing scrutiny from frustrated supporters.
While manager Brendan Rodgers remains a target for fans during this alarming malaise, there are also concerns over the club’s finances and a perceived lack of leadership at board level.
Following the tragic passing of Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha in October 2018, his son Aiyawatt took over as chairman and it has largely been another memorable period in Leicester’s history with their first ever FA Cup triumph and regular excursions in Europe.
Yet this season the mood has turned, with last summer’s transfer window business heavily restricted due to fears over future Financial Fair Play punishment.
While Aiyawatt made a statement in September to insist Leicester’s financial position is “entirely secure”, there are still worries among some fans over the direction the club is heading.
Suggestions in some football circles that King Power are seeking minority investment have been continually dismissed by sources at the club.
Leicester are also working hard to back Rodgers in this month’s transfer window, with three new signings understood to be a priority.
Fiorentina winger Nico Gonzalez and Victor Kristiansen, the FC Copenhagen left-back, are two targets and there is money available to bring in players.
But the closer Leicester drop towards the relegation swamp, the more questions will be asked over what the future holds.
Towards the end of the defeat at Nottingham Forest, some fans held up a banner bearing the words: “Missing! LCFC board.”
It is understood that Aiyawatt was absent from the City Ground, and he is often unable to attend due to working on his other businesses around the world.
Leicester’s mantra has always been to judge them by actions and not words.
After all, the last time a board member was interviewed by the English press was Aiyawatt reflecting on the title win nearly seven years ago.
It could also be argued that Leicester spent over £45 million before the start of last season, and those signings have not worked out and only served to bulk up an already bloated squad.
King Power’s strategy has always been to focus on long-term investments, such as the new £100m training ground and future expansion of the club’s stadium.
Yet the time for action is now, as Leicester’s season is threatening to turn into a grim relegation scrap unless reinforcements are brought in.
Rodgers has a big injury list, including James Maddison, Jonny Evans and James Justin, and is having to play players who are either badly out of form or shouldn’t be there in the first place.
This was Leicester’s fourth league defeat in a row since the season resumption, with Forest climbing above them into 13th.
To rub salt into the wounds of Rodgers, the Forest goals came from Brennan Johnson, who was a target for Leicester last summer before the financial brakes were applied.
Steve Cooper deserves huge credit for finding a formula to make this team work, after 23 signings, and they have now secured eight home games unbeaten.
 

Leicester City are locked in a relegation battle and the club’s ownership, King Power, is now coming under growing scrutiny from frustrated supporters.
While manager Brendan Rodgers remains a target for fans during this alarming malaise, there are also concerns over the club’s finances and a perceived lack of leadership at board level.
Following the tragic passing of Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha in October 2018, his son Aiyawatt took over as chairman and it has largely been another memorable period in Leicester’s history with their first ever FA Cup triumph and regular excursions in Europe.
Yet this season the mood has turned, with last summer’s transfer window business heavily restricted due to fears over future Financial Fair Play punishment.
While Aiyawatt made a statement in September to insist Leicester’s financial position is “entirely secure”, there are still worries among some fans over the direction the club is heading.
Suggestions in some football circles that King Power are seeking minority investment have been continually dismissed by sources at the club.
Leicester are also working hard to back Rodgers in this month’s transfer window, with three new signings understood to be a priority.
Fiorentina winger Nico Gonzalez and Victor Kristiansen, the FC Copenhagen left-back, are two targets and there is money available to bring in players.
But the closer Leicester drop towards the relegation swamp, the more questions will be asked over what the future holds.
Towards the end of the defeat at Nottingham Forest, some fans held up a banner bearing the words: “Missing! LCFC board.”
It is understood that Aiyawatt was absent from the City Ground, and he is often unable to attend due to working on his other businesses around the world.
Leicester’s mantra has always been to judge them by actions and not words.
After all, the last time a board member was interviewed by the English press was Aiyawatt reflecting on the title win nearly seven years ago.
It could also be argued that Leicester spent over £45 million before the start of last season, and those signings have not worked out and only served to bulk up an already bloated squad.
King Power’s strategy has always been to focus on long-term investments, such as the new £100m training ground and future expansion of the club’s stadium.
Yet the time for action is now, as Leicester’s season is threatening to turn into a grim relegation scrap unless reinforcements are brought in.
Rodgers has a big injury list, including James Maddison, Jonny Evans and James Justin, and is having to play players who are either badly out of form or shouldn’t be there in the first place.
This was Leicester’s fourth league defeat in a row since the season resumption, with Forest climbing above them into 13th.
To rub salt into the wounds of Rodgers, the Forest goals came from Brennan Johnson, who was a target for Leicester last summer before the financial brakes were applied.
Steve Cooper deserves huge credit for finding a formula to make this team work, after 23 signings, and they have now secured eight home games unbeaten.
Nothing in this article suggests Percy has any deeper insight into what’s going on at the club than the fans. Not a shocker. Communication from within the club is currently non existent.
That said, what is inexplicable and highly concerning is the utter lack of understanding now being shown by the board (successful business persons in their own right who should have this as part of their professional repertoire?) in at least attempting to show they’re mildly interested in strengthening the links with the fan base during this especially challenging period - when unity is most needed.
In directing this particular line of business, and with leadership in general, maintaining and building public support through trust and transparency is key to success, particularly during the tougher times. Public perception is everything when it involves followers, not to mention fans.
The current lengthy silence serves only to promote a strained relationship, more likely a complete disconnect, resulting in spiraling negativity through widespread conjecture and distrust. Yet amazingly, Top and the rest of the board still say nothing, leaving BR to bumble his way through yet another meek and utterly confusing explanation for our current plight, while still shedding no new light on what is actually being done to stem the club’s slide in form, and even creating further resentment when able to offer little more than a frustrating ramble.
Ultimately, all that’s being sought is for a little respect to be shown by those who have the privilege of currently leading “our” football club, through answering the call for some measure of meaningful information to be shared and reassurances to be made, to those for whom Leicester City means a great deal. Not just loyal customers, but people who view their support to this club as being akin to something of a relationship, and often a personal one at that (sounds slightly odd now that I’ve said, but I’m beyond caring at this point).
Is some form of communication from the board too much to ask? More to the point, should we even have to?
 

Brown Nose

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Another point about them is the lack of communication.

You could argue that they don't have to say anything to fans but I'd strongly disagree. A football club is not a simple private business. We get nothing except banal platitudes from the club. They could remove doubt about their plans and their decision making by setting out their rationale. However we don't get anything. Just the occasional stage-managed article in the programme or website which is utterly worthless.

When was the last time Top, Whelan or Rudkin allowed themselves to be interviewed? Have they ever? I know that multiple journalists have repeatedly asked over the years and they've just been knocked back. The only person that speaks is the manager because he has to. It's pretty unfair on him that he has to answer for every decision that the club makes.

It's just ignorant behaviour. If they don't respect us enough to speak to us, they don't deserve us to also only think the very best of them.


 

Biffa Bacon

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I'm not sure if it's been mentioned on here already but Top flew into the UK yesterday.
 

Fox Fan

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I'm not sure if it's been mentioned on here already but Top flew into the UK yesterday.

If Rodgers is sacked now, then we can see that Top, the board and the upper management of the club have big problems. That is a conversation which Susan Wheelan could and should be having. Doesn't require Top's in person presence at all.

Of course, we won't be, so I might as well not have replied.
 

Lako42

Well-Known Member
He's just bringing over the new fax machine
 

City Fan

Well-Known Member
Still no action. Top clearly thinks there’s nothing to worry about here.

When are we going to do an Everton style protest? When it’s too ****ing late probably.
 
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