A fanbase divided, a team in crisis: Leicester’s current issues explained

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When watching the current iteration of Leicester City football club, it is hard to comprehend the outfit’s trajectory over the last few years. Without doubt, it has been one of the most successful periods in the club’s history. Regardless, understanding how the same team has gone from fighting for the Champions League to fighting relegation is challenging indeed.

A fanbase divided  

To understand Leicester City’s fall from grace, one only needs to scroll through Leicester City Twitter to understand the club’s problems. At the best of times, Twitter is extremely reactionary, with there being meltdown or euphoria after every win or loss. Nevertheless, the current state of affairs has brought Leicester fans together in discontent.

Despite the discontent, there remains a stark divide between the ‘Facebook’ Leicester City fans and the ‘Twitter’ Leicester City fans. One measure of this divide is the consensus on Brendan Rodgers. Until recently, Leicester City Facebook were largely supportive of the Foxes boss, despite the failings that have plagued the last two years of his reign. On the other hand, LCFC Twitter has largely been ‘Rodgers-out’ for the best part of 18 months.

One would suggest this illustrates the generational divide that has increasingly riven the fanbase, with both sides often taking aim at each other for various reasons. The older fans, having seen the club at its lowest point, have a wider perspective on the club’s struggles but have been accused by younger fans of accepting mediocrity. Attempts to mix the two opinions on Twitter often has led to factions and endless arguments.

Conversely, the younger fanbase, having grown up with success, are much more demanding of it. After all, without ambition, there is no progress. Nevertheless, sense would suggest a balance of the two perspectives is necessary.