Who’s to blame for Leicester relegation? Part 2: managers

Brendan Rodgers, Manager of Leicester City (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)
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Dean Smith, manager of Leicester City and John Terry, coach, at the Premier League match between Newcastle United and Leicester City at St. James Park on May 22, 2023 in Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom. (Photo by Richard Sellers/Sportsphoto/Allstar via Getty Images) /

Dean Smith

After speculation surrounding Rafa Benitez died down, Dean Smith’s name emerged as the likely candidate as he was out of work and available following his sacking by Championship Norwich City earlier in the campaign. By his own admission he ‘failed’ to deliver Premier League safety and his time at the club was average but he did amass a higher points percentage than Rodgers in admittedly a shorter space of time. The highlights were a well-fought home win against Wolves in his second game in charge and the final game victory against West Ham. But the lowlights were the alarmingly incompetent 5-3 defeat at Fulham, the 3-0 loss at home to Liverpool and the schizophrenic draw against Everton that proved pivotal thanks to a disastrous penalty miss by James Maddison.

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Smith had little time and with more could have potentially kept the club up. But it took Smith way too long to tighten the team up at the back and one lucky clean sheet at Newcastle still didn’t convince and perhaps attacking that game may have been a missed opportunity. You would be hard-pressed to find a LCFC supporter who truly blames or dislikes Dean Smith for this seasons disaster. He’s a nice guy and with Craig Shakespeare and John Terry in tow, he might not be the worst choice to take this club forward. But this club needs more aggression and more than a ‘happy to just be here’ attitude. Leicester City needs people with fight and bravery and he may not be the guy we needed to get us out of tier two.