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Martin O’Neill returns to Leicester for pre-season friendly

Leicester City’s pre-season programme continues to take shape with further games being announced…

24 July – Hinckley United @ Greene King Stadium – 7.30pm

28 July  – ShrewsburyTown @ Greenhous Meadow – 3pm

1 August – BurtonAlbion @ Pirelli Stadium – 7.45pm

4 August – Lincoln City @ Sincil Bank – 3pm

11 August – Sunderland @ King Power Stadium – 3pm

Although this list lacks some of the glamour of Real Madrid’s visit last summer, the return of Martin O’Neill with his Sunderland side is sure to cause some interest…

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O’Neill Back in the Frame?

Martin O’Neill’s odds have dramatically shortened as City’s search for a new manager goes on…

O’Neill’s name came up in a quote from City chairman Vichai Raksriaksorn in the Bangkok Post and rumours are circulating that the 59 year old would be happy to take the Leicester job as long as he could leave if offered a Premier League post, something our owners were not happy to agree to.
Yesterday Huddersfield boss Lee Clark ruled himself out of the reckoning, whereas Hull’s Nigel Pearson responded with a typically blunt: “I just find it a bit irritating if I’m honest, you know what I’m like. So I suggest we close it there.”

Meanwhile Martin O’Neill has said to Radio Leicester that he: “Did not want to talk about the Leicester job, on or off the record”.
Which, if we’re clutching at straws, isn’t a ‘no’ is it?

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Ex-Players Back O’Neill for City Job

Some of the players who helped make Martin O’Neill’s time as manager of Leicester City so successful can see him returning to the club…

Celtic boss and former City midfielder Neil Lennon commented: “It would be great to see him back in the game. One of his old adages was that you never go back, but I think it is very, very tempting for him. There is a good foundation at Leicester and I think the Leicester fans would be more than thrilled to see him back because he had such success there in the late 90s and the early part of the century. He has been out of the game for a long time. It’s the game’s loss to have such a great character and manager out of the game and if he does get the job I will be thrilled for him.”
And Leeds manager and former City right-back Simon Grayson, after ruling himself out of the job said:“I’d be very surprised if Martin O’Neill doesn’t accept the job if he’s given it,” Grayson said: “I’d be very surprised if Martin O’Neill doesn’t accept the job if he’s offered it.”

Although any evidence or quotes are missing from any articles linking O’Neill with City the Irish Telegraph has claimed: “O’Neill has left the door ajar on a possible second stint at the club after emerging as the No 1 target to succeed Sven Goran Eriksson. But it is believed he wants cast-iron assurances from the club’s ambitious Thai owners before taking the job. O’Neill has expressed concerns after Eriksson’s sudden sacking and fears an underwhelming second spell could tarnish his excellent reputation at the club where he lifted two League Cups. However, the Leicester board are determined to persuade him and will promise substantial funds for the January transfer window in an attempt to swing the deal.”

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Martin O’Neill is Firm Favourite

Martin O’Neill, who managed City through their greatest period in modern times, is the fans and bookies favourite to replace Sven Goran Eriksson, who left Leicester City ‘by mutual consent’ on Monday evening…

O’Neill, who appears to be the overwhelming new manager of choice on various forums, is runaway favourite at the bookies with SkyBet offering 11/8.  
The man who guided Leicester to promotion; a regular top half Premier League place, three League Cup finals; and qualified for Europe twice between 1995 and 2000 has been out of the game since leaving Aston Villa on the eve of the 2010-11 season and has yet to make any comment on the situation.
Other names linked with the job include Mark Hughes, Billy Davies, Rafa Benitez and Carlo Ancelotti, with supporters assuming that the Thai owners will be out to land another ‘big name’…

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Sousa Sacked…

Several news sources have reported that Paulo Sousa has been sacked..

A day after Milan Mandaric told City fans to unite behind the manager it appears that Sousa’s short tenure is over.
Sven Goran Erriksson and Martin O’Neill are rumoured to be topping the new manager wish list.

The official LCFC website has now confirmed that Paulo Sousa is leaving the club with immediate effect.
Chris Powell and Mike Stowell will take charge of the squad for tomorrow’s game at home to Scunthorpe.
The club statement says that they are hoping for a quick new appoointment, wheras Sky Sports News claims that there have been talks with former boss Martin O’Neill and former England coach Sven Goran Eriksson. 

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The Second Coming…

With Paulo Sousa under mounting pressure and Martin O’Neill currently out of work having left Aston Villa at the beginning of the season, word is spreading that O’Neill could be lined up for a sensational return to Leicester…

City’s new owners * are aware of the significance of such an appointment, but would O’Neill want to return to the club he left a decade ago?
Apart from the credible maxim – ‘Never Go Back’ would the former City boss want to ‘rough it’ at Championship level, when he would surely top the short list of any Premier League job that becomes available in the next few months?

For the time being this rumour should be filed under ‘pie in the sky’ or ‘2 + 2 = 5’, though we would be delighted to see it happen. 

* pending Football League apporoval of the takeover.

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Heskey Could return to Leicester

Paulo Sousa’s assistant Bruno Oliveira has fulled rumours that Emile Heskey could be returning to Leicester with the comment: “It would make a big impact. Craig Bellamy was an opportunity that Dave Jones took.”

Leicester-born Heskey left Filbert Street for Liverpool for £11m, just over a decade ago, a few months before Martin O’Neill departed for the Celtic job.
Although Heskey made his debut in the Premier League during the 1994-95 season, he establsihed himself in the side during the second tier promotion season of 1995-96. He then played a major part in the O’Neill Glory Years, enjoying four season in the Premier League  and also played in all three League Cup finals, scoring a late equaliser against Middlesbrough in 1997.
Despite a career that has seen him at Liverpool, Birmingham, Wigan and Aston Villa, earning 62 England caps, Heskey has not forgotten his Leicester roots and was part of the consortium who rescued the club during the financial disaster of 2002. 
The 32 year old is unable to command a regular starting place at Villa and might just take a chance on a homecoming..

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