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Leicester City’s Susan Whelan was named CEO of the Year at the 2021 Football Business Awards in London on Thursday, as the Club celebrated a number of commendations from its industry peers.

Having been named Premier League CEO of the Year in the divisional categories earlier in the afternoon, Susan was selected the overall winner by the judges for her work in leading the Club through one of the most challenging seasons the industry has ever faced.

The judges’ independent choices for divisional winners – Susan (Premier League), Jon Varney of Brentford (previously Championship), Ben Mansford of Blackpool (League 1), Henry Staelens of Forest Green Rovers (League 2) and Stewart Robertson of Rangers (SPFL) – were all nominated for the overall award for outstanding leadership during the 2020/21 season.

It was Susan that emerged as the judges’ overall winner, following a campaign in which the Club recorded a number of outstanding achievements, set against the challenging backdrop of a global pandemic. City lifted the FA Cup for the first time in our history at the end of the 2020/21 season, while also securing a second consecutive fifth-place finish in the Premier League. The Club also completed and moved into our spectacular new training facility in Seagrave during the season, while moving forward with land acquisitions and planning that will enable the expansion and enhancement of the King Power Stadium site.

It was also a season in which the Club reached out to and supported its communities through the unprecedented challenges of COVID-19 – engaging with supporters, local authorities, community partners, charities and good causes to ensure support was available to those that needed it throughout the city and wider county.

Susan told lcfc.com: “I’m truly humbled and enormously grateful to the judges for such an honour, which is an endorsement of the work of the entire Club. I’m extremely proud to be part of it and proud of all our personnel that continue to contribute to Leicester City’s progress. I should also like to pay tribute to our community partners in Leicester and Leicestershire, without whom the Club would not be as effective in engaging with our communities and representing our city.

“Congratulations to all of the divisional winners, who would have been equally worthy of the overall award. The 2020/21 season brought unprecedented challenges for football clubs all over the UK but, through the outstanding support of their fans, together with the commitment, creativity and resilience of professionals throughout the industry, we can all look forward to brighter times ahead.”

Along with Susan’s recognition, City were also named winners of the Best Fan Engagement by a Club for our efforts to remotely engage, entertain and educate our supporters during the pandemic. An initiative delivered through close collaboration between its Supporter Engagement and Content & Creative teams, the programme saw the Club pivot to an interactive digital experience, targeting supporters of all ages – from junior fans tackling the demands of home schooling, right through to elderly supporters experiencing isolation and loneliness.

The Club also received high commendations in both the Best Digital and Social Media Team category for establishment and rapid growth on TikTok and in the Best Use of Technology in a Football Club category for its intelligent IPTV implementation to support football operations at Seagrave. Leicester City in the Community were also among the nominees for the Best Football Community Scheme.

Launched in 2012 the Football Business Awards celebrate the very best in football business and attract 500 attendees to the ceremony each year.

The judging panel is made up of Chief Executives of Football Clubs, Professional Football Associations and Grassroots Football Organisations – all individuals whose knowledge, expertise and experience gives them special insight into the challenges and demands of football business success.

Designed to celebrate the vital influence of business within football the Football Business Awards recognise the organisations, teams and individuals who excel in a variety of business, CSR and football governance disciplines.
 

Brown Nose

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Leicester City’s Susan Whelan was named CEO of the Year at the 2021 Football Business Awards in London on Thursday, as the Club celebrated a number of commendations from its industry peers.

Having been named Premier League CEO of the Year in the divisional categories earlier in the afternoon, Susan was selected the overall winner by the judges for her work in leading the Club through one of the most challenging seasons the industry has ever faced.

The judges’ independent choices for divisional winners – Susan (Premier League), Jon Varney of Brentford (previously Championship), Ben Mansford of Blackpool (League 1), Henry Staelens of Forest Green Rovers (League 2) and Stewart Robertson of Rangers (SPFL) – were all nominated for the overall award for outstanding leadership during the 2020/21 season.

It was Susan that emerged as the judges’ overall winner, following a campaign in which the Club recorded a number of outstanding achievements, set against the challenging backdrop of a global pandemic. City lifted the FA Cup for the first time in our history at the end of the 2020/21 season, while also securing a second consecutive fifth-place finish in the Premier League. The Club also completed and moved into our spectacular new training facility in Seagrave during the season, while moving forward with land acquisitions and planning that will enable the expansion and enhancement of the King Power Stadium site.

It was also a season in which the Club reached out to and supported its communities through the unprecedented challenges of COVID-19 – engaging with supporters, local authorities, community partners, charities and good causes to ensure support was available to those that needed it throughout the city and wider county.

Susan told lcfc.com: “I’m truly humbled and enormously grateful to the judges for such an honour, which is an endorsement of the work of the entire Club. I’m extremely proud to be part of it and proud of all our personnel that continue to contribute to Leicester City’s progress. I should also like to pay tribute to our community partners in Leicester and Leicestershire, without whom the Club would not be as effective in engaging with our communities and representing our city.

“Congratulations to all of the divisional winners, who would have been equally worthy of the overall award. The 2020/21 season brought unprecedented challenges for football clubs all over the UK but, through the outstanding support of their fans, together with the commitment, creativity and resilience of professionals throughout the industry, we can all look forward to brighter times ahead.”

Along with Susan’s recognition, City were also named winners of the Best Fan Engagement by a Club for our efforts to remotely engage, entertain and educate our supporters during the pandemic. An initiative delivered through close collaboration between its Supporter Engagement and Content & Creative teams, the programme saw the Club pivot to an interactive digital experience, targeting supporters of all ages – from junior fans tackling the demands of home schooling, right through to elderly supporters experiencing isolation and loneliness.

The Club also received high commendations in both the Best Digital and Social Media Team category for establishment and rapid growth on TikTok and in the Best Use of Technology in a Football Club category for its intelligent IPTV implementation to support football operations at Seagrave. Leicester City in the Community were also among the nominees for the Best Football Community Scheme.

Launched in 2012 the Football Business Awards celebrate the very best in football business and attract 500 attendees to the ceremony each year.

The judging panel is made up of Chief Executives of Football Clubs, Professional Football Associations and Grassroots Football Organisations – all individuals whose knowledge, expertise and experience gives them special insight into the challenges and demands of football business success.

Designed to celebrate the vital influence of business within football the Football Business Awards recognise the organisations, teams and individuals who excel in a variety of business, CSR and football governance disciplines.

She does a cracking job for which she is very well rewarded. I can't stand this sort of self-congratulatory bollocks though.

And if we won the 'Fan Engagement' award too despite much of the fan engagement at City being fecking terrible, that speaks volumes for how fans are treated by most other clubs.
 

Graz

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She does a cracking job for which she is very well rewarded. I can't stand this sort of self-congratulatory bollocks though.

And if we won the 'Fan Engagement' award too despite much of the fan engagement at City being fecking terrible, that speaks volumes for how fans are treated by most other clubs.

Do you need a hug?
 

camberwell fox

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She does a cracking job for which she is very well rewarded. I can't stand this sort of self-congratulatory bollocks though.

And if we won the 'Fan Engagement' award too despite much of the fan engagement at City being fecking terrible, that speaks volumes for how fans are treated by most other clubs.
Are you and Lako related?
 

pork pie fox

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She does a cracking job for which she is very well rewarded. I can't stand this sort of self-congratulatory bollocks though.

And if we won the 'Fan Engagement' award too despite much of the fan engagement at City being fecking terrible, that speaks volumes for how fans are treated by most other clubs.
Or how many teams paid to enter that category.
 

Lako42

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Bet the ticket office didn't win a ****ing bean.

Weird awards ceremony
 

Volpone

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Solskjaer said there was no consistency in decisions and cited last week's game between Brighton and Leicester, when the Foxes had two efforts ruled out with Harvey Barnes in the eyeline of Seagulls goalkeeper Robert Sanchez in both instances.

"How that's a goal and Leicester have not got their goals," he added. "I just can't see the consistency."

Former England striker Alan Shearer added on Match of the Day: "I don't think it should be called offside but there is an argument from what happened at Leicester last week. The difference being the assistant flagged last week but didn't flag this week. We just want consistency."
 

Matt_B

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Solskjaer said there was no consistency in decisions and cited last week's game between Brighton and Leicester, when the Foxes had two efforts ruled out with Harvey Barnes in the eyeline of Seagulls goalkeeper Robert Sanchez in both instances.

"How that's a goal and Leicester have not got their goals," he added. "I just can't see the consistency."

Former England striker Alan Shearer added on Match of the Day: "I don't think it should be called offside but there is an argument from what happened at Leicester last week. The difference being the assistant flagged last week but didn't flag this week. We just want consistency."
Also he conveniently ignored Lingards last week that was allowed despite Ronaldo being offside.
 

Volpone

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From The Athletic today. I don't like posting their articles but this one is important and spot on.

A pattern is starting to emerge in Leicester City’s season so far — and it is a disturbing one.

Defeat in the Europa League away to Legia Warsaw means Leicester have now won once in their last six games in all competitions, their worst run since Brendan Rodgers took over in 2019. His players have fallen into a mystifying malaise and it is difficult to see how he is going to stop the slide.

Rodgers has frequently changed his personnel and in the Polish Army Stadium he changed systems too, but still the same troubling trends were on show. The defensive vulnerability, whether it is a back four or a three, the slow play out from the back, ponderous passing through midfield, and a lack of intensity in the defending and attacking play were evident once again. Defeat has put their European challenge, which could be their only way into the Champions League, in doubt.

Not a lot has gone right for Leicester this season. From the moment Wesley Fofana suffered a horrendous injury in the last pre-season friendly it has been a catalogue of mishaps and misfortunes that have meant there has been no consistency in how Rodgers can prepare and set up his team. Through one cause or another, he was without five prominent players for the first trip to Europe with Leicester fans since the Champions League quarter-final of 2017.

Some of the disruptions have been unavoidable, like Fofana’s injury. Some have been unlucky, like the soft red card that meant Rodgers was without Wilfred Ndidi in Poland. Likewise, Jonny Evans has been cursed this season too. Just as he started to return from a foot tendon issue he was ruled out through illness for the trip to Poland.

Others have been self-inflicted, like the documentation mistakes that meant Kelechi Iheanacho was denied entry at the Polish border, a turn of events that shows how inexperienced Leicester still are at European level, on and off the pitch.

Had Harvey Barnes scored in Poland he would have become the club’s all-time record scorer in European football, overtaking Jamie Vardy and Riyad Mahrez, who both have just four goals. That is how much Leicester are European fledglings.

Some of Rodgers’ decisions also seem puzzling, such as playing Boubakary Soumare as a No 8 when he had been scouted while being successful for French champions Lille as a holding midfielder in the Ndidi mould. Even without Ndidi, it was Tielemans given the anchor role.

Above all, besides the changes of system and the changes of personnel, perhaps one thing that is required is a change of mindset. Whether it is the hangover of the disappointment of missing out on Champions League qualification for a second consecutive season or the number of injuries, absences and perhaps even a few VAR adversities has allowed some of the players to slip into a state of self-pity, Rodgers needs to snap them out of it quickly.

It is time, after nine games of the season, for Rodgers to press the reset button.
 

tedfoxxx

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A Turkish barber just told me that it’s the former Turkey manager’s fault for Soyuncu’s form. ‘He’s a ****. I really mean that.’
 

homer

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Well if a random Turkish barber said it, then it must be true
 
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