The delayed sacking of Brendan Rodgers
Leicester City had a terrible run of games to end last season. This awful run caused them to miss out on European football. At this time already, fans including myself were calling for the sacking of Brendan Rodgers. If only we knew how long it would take for this sacking to take place.
After so many terrible games throughout the season, Rodgers was sacked after a 2-1 defeat to Crystal Palace at the start of April. The foxes would play two games with an assistant manager before Dean Smith was appointed before the Manchester City game. They gave Smith eight games to try and save this team. That is not enough for any manager in the world. This delayed sacking without a doubt helped lead Leicester to relegation. Rodgers accomplished many great things with the foxes. It’s too bad that his over extended stay with the club will tarnish his reputation.
Giving up points in stupid ways
A lot of blame is rightfully going towards management and ownership. However, these players are also culpable for our relegation. With the talented players we have, we had no right to be relegated. However, poor play and idiotic mistakes led to our demise.
So many teams were fighting relegation and we gave them the needed points to survive. Bournemouth and Southampton got six out of six possible points from us. Nottingham Forest got three points from us and towards the end of the season we gave Leeds and Everton a point when we needed them the most.
Not only did we lose games we shouldn’t have, we lost points in embarrassing and careless ways. Maddison takes an awful penalty attempt against Everton which would have given us three points and Everton none. Against Aston Villa, Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall would make two careless tackles which led to him getting sent off. We just about survived that game with a draw. However, Wilfred Ndidi passed the ball to no one in the 88’ and Villa would go on to score and win the game. Against Crystal Palace, Jean-Philippe Mateta scored with the final kick of the game to secure all three points.
What’s crazy to think about is this all happened in the last month of April or later. In the most crucial run of the season, we lacked character and discipline. This squad had all the talent to stay up but they simply could not have cared enough. If that wasn’t enough evidence, Leicester City dropped the most points from winning positions this season in the Premier League. If this team had enough grit to hold onto their leads, there is an argument to be made that we could have finished mid table. However, we’re now playing in the championship next season.
Lastly, Leicester City owner Top Srivaddhanaprabha
This is all at fault of Aiyawatt ‘Top’ Srivaddhanaprabha. I believe he is the reason we’re here today. He led us to a financial crisis. He held onto Rodgers for far too long. He didn’t bring in good enough players nor was he willing to spend bigger money to sign better players. He let our talented players leave on free deals. He is at blame for all of this. He ran such a great club into the ground. I wish he would sell the club. But, if he can get us back into the Premier League, I’d give him a second chance.