“Leicester need to appoint someone who knows the division”
Leicester City are on the hunt for a new manager having dispensed with earlier this week. Here, the Life’s A Pitch panellists give their opinions on who they think the East Midlanders should appoint to revive their promotion hopes.
David Walker of the Sunday Mirror considers former Cardiff boss Dave Jones and Nigel Pearson of Hull to be the two best candidates. ”If they don’t want to pay compensation, the fella that’s out there and knows that division, and has been very close to promotions over four consecutive years, is Dave Jones, the former Cardiff City manager,” he says. “He’s ready to come back, has been interviewed by a couple of people. I would have thought Leicester would suit him. The other one I’d look at if I was in Leicester’s shoes is Nigel Pearson at Hull, who’s a very capable coach, can stabilise clubs and I would have thought would be able to take them on again.”
Knowing the Championship will be key for whoever Leicester appoint, says Dave Kidd of The People. ”I think Leicester need to appoint someone who knows the division and that’s what they’re going to do, having got rid of Eriksson and that star name,” he says. “That hasn’t worked. They’re going to get someone in like a Jones or a [Billy] Davies. [But] Leicester are really behind the eight ball at the moment [in terms of promotion] and they might have to be looking at the play-offs, whoever comes in.”
Controversially, Ian Ridley of the Express thinks that Leicester should look to former Foxes boss Ian Holloway, now at Blackpool. ”The name I’d lob in here actually, but it will take a bit to get him out, would be Ian Holloway at Blackpool,” says Ian. “He’s obviously got experience of getting Blackpool up and he knows where to get little bargains and [how to] get them to play the right kind of football. I think he’s got a lot of unfinished business at Leicester and I think he’d love another crack at that.”
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