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Leicester sacking: Thai Scandal was “the final straw”…

The BBC are reporting that Nigel Pearson’s sacking yesterday was linked to the ‘Thai Racist orgy’ scandal that involved his son James…

Leicester City celebrations, Sky Bet Championship, 5 May 2014,

BBC Sport’s Pat Murphy has claimed that the sacking was “definitely not a football issue”.
“There is no doubt that the image and the reputation of the club in their homeland of Thailand has been damaged by the behaviour of, among others, the manager’s son James on the ‘goodwill’ tour to Thailand.”
But Murphy, who clashed with Pearson after Ostrich-Gate also added: “But fundamentally, should the sins of the son be visited on the father? In footballing terms this is very harsh on Pearson.”

There are rumours that Pearson senior thought that his son’s actions were not as bad as those of Tom Hopper and Adam Smith and that the three cases should have been dealt with separately, rather than sacking them all.
After several controversies surrounding Pearson this season it seems as though the owners had lost patience, despite the late rally that saved City’s Premier League place.

This leaves Leicester looking for a new manager as the squad returns to pre-season training… hardly an ideal position to be in and we can only hope they have a very good replacement lined up and ready to come in.

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Nigel Pearson parts company with Leicester City

In a shock announcement this evening the club have issued the following statement… 

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“The Board of Directors recognises the success Nigel has helped to bring to Leicester City during his two spells in charge of the Club, particularly during the last three and a half years. However, it has become clear to the Club that fundamental differences in perspective exist between us. Regrettably, the Club believes that the working relationship between Nigel and the Board is no longer viable.”

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Rangers rocked as Leicester end the season in style

Leicester City 5:1 Queens Park Rangers

Leicester City v Queens Park Rangers, Barclays Premier, 24  May 2015

City signed off the remarkable 2014-15 season with a comprehensive 5-1 victory over QPR at the KPS on Sunday…
Tradition demands that Leicester’s last game of the season is something of a carnival – this was the Birch’s 35th annual run –  and this year the atmosphere was boosted further as the incredible and unprecedented Great Escape was celebrated.
Nigel Pearson named an unchanged side from the Sunderland game that confirmed City’s Premier League place for next season, and they soon set about already-relegated Rangers.
Vardy set up Ulloa for a curling effort which went narrowly wide and then Schlupp fired into the side-netting before City took a 16th minute lead.

Leicester City v Queens Park Rangers, Barclays Premier, 24  May 2015

A long range effort from Mahrez caused keeper McCarthy problems and he presented the ball, gift-wrapped, for Vardy who had only to pass the ball into the net from close in.
With the City defence looking solid QPR were restricted to off-target efforts from Phillips and Onuoha, while Ulloa fired over from an Albrighton cross.
City then doubled their lead two minutes before the break when good work from Schlupp saw the ball sit up for Albrighton inside the area and his emphatic connection with the ball didn’t give McCarthy a chance to move.

Six minutes after the break the free flags were waving again as Ulloa diverted a Morgan shot into the net to make it 3-0 and a fourth followed a minute later. An Albrighton cross saw a headed clearance from Dunne, which fell for Cambiasso who despatched it precisely across McCarthy and into the far corner on the half-volley.
Five minutes later the QPR fans had something to cheer when Austin nodded home from a Barton cross, but even that was tinged with sadness as his wave to the away corner was surely a farewell.
The question of whether Cambiasso was also waving goodbye when he made way for Drinkwater in the 76th minute will also be answered in time, though he was left in no doubt as to whether the fans wanted him to stay.

Leicester City v Queens Park Rangers, Barclays Premier, 24  May 2015

With four minutes remaining City hit a fifth when a Schmeichel clearance saw Ulloa win a challenge and send Kramarić in down the right. His shot across McCarthy was his first goal in front of the home crowd.

The final whistle brought the curtain down on a remarkable season, in which City spent 140 days at the foot of the Premier League, but somehow rescued themselves, even achieving a mid-table 14th place.
As the entire staff, players, wives, girlfiends and kids went on a Lap of Appreciation it felt a little bit like instant promotion.
It may turn out to be one of the biggest turning points in the history of our club…

Leicester: Schmeichel, Wasilewski (De Laet 46), Morgan, Huth, Schlupp, King, Albrighton, Cambiasso (Drinkwater 76), Ulloa, Vardy (Kramarić 65), Mahrez, Subs Not Used: Konchesky, Hammond, Schwarzer, Wood.
QPR: McCarthy, Hill, Phillips, Barton, Austin, Fer, Yun (Kpekawa 85), Onuoha, Henry (Comley 80), Dunne, Grego-Cox. Subs Not Used: Murphy, Hoilett, Doughty, Furlong, Petrasso.

Referee: M Oliver. Attendance: 31, 467.

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Leicester win again to increase Newcastle’s woes

Leicester City 3:0 Newcastle United

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City got off to a perfect start and never looked back in a comfortable 3-0 win against Newcastle at the KPS on Saturday…

Nigel Pearson made three changes to his side with Schlupp, Mahrez and James in the starting line-up and Huth thankfully recovered from injury. The side were greeted onto the field by a fantastic mosaic display organised by the Union FS fans’ group…
Within a minute the home crowd were celebrating a goal. Although Newcastle kicked off City soon had a corner and Albrighton’s dangerous flag-kick was nodded past Krul by Ulloa with 38 seconds on the clock.

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Although Pérez had a chance for Newcastle soon after he dragged his shot well wide when well placed and City were soon threatening again. A cross from the left by Mahrez was met with a glancing header by Ulloa, but it went straight into Krul’s grasp.
But City only had to wait until the 17th minute to double their lead. Schlupp was taken out by Janmaat as he raced down the left and the United player was booked. Albrighton drifted a free-kick into the goal mouth when Morgan had got goalside of Coloccini and poked the ball past Krul.
Newcastle had their best spell of the game after going two down, but Rivière missed the target with one effort and then fell over while trying to put the finishing touch to a good move. When a Taylor shot was saved by Schmeichel City had preserved their two goal lead going in at the break.

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City came racing off the blocks again in the second half and were soon awarded a penalty when Wasilewski was barged in the back by Rivière. Ulloa got his second of the game blasting his effort high into the net from 12 yards.
But they couldn’t add to the scoreline despite Newcastle being reduced to 10 and then 9 men.
Albrighton sent a shot narrowly wide and then Ulloa was denied a hat-trick when Krul clawed the Argentinian’s header over the bar.
United then lost Williamson to his second yellow when he sent Vardy crashing into a, thankfully well padded, tv camera base as the ball was going out of play.
The game was broken up by a series of substitutions with De Laet on for Wasilewski and then Hammond replacing Cambiasso and Kramarić coming on for Ulloa.

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Janmaat couldn’t cope with Vardy’s string running and was dismissed for a foul which put a lid on Newcastle’s miserable afternoon.
Five wins in six games have given City a fighting chance retain their Premier League status, while eight defeats on the trot have dragged Newcastle into trouble. After the game a furious John Carver suggested that Williamson had got himself dismissed on purpose as an “easy way out.”

Leicester: Schmeichel, Morgan, James, Vardy, Albrighton, Huth, Schlupp, Cambiasso (Hammond 74), Ulloa (Kramarić 78), Mahrez, Wasilewski (De Laet 68). Subs Not Used: Konchesky, Drinkwater, Schwarzer, Wood.
Newcastle: Krul, Coloccini, Taylor (De Jong 58), Williamson, Sissoko, Colback, Pérez (Armstrong 74), Gutiérrez, Janmaat, Rivière (Anita 64), Dummett. Subs Not Used: Cabella, Ameobi, Abeid, Woodman.
Referee: M Dean. Attendance: 31,576.

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Chelsea see off Leicester resistance with a champion display

Leicester City 1:3 Chelsea

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Despite a half-time lead, City’s winning run was halted by champions-in-waiting Chelsea at the KPS on Wednesday night…

Despite the rumours that he might field a weakened team against the best side in the country Nigel Pearson retained the starting XI that won at Burnley, and they competed very well with Chelsea despite a couple of first half set-backs.
In the 18th minute King’s 300th appearance for City ended prematurely when he limped off to be replaced by James; and then, just six minutes later, Huth had to go off after unsuccessfully trying to run off an earlier knock , with De Laet coming on and Wasilewski moving into the middle.
In a tight game Chelsea had the first real chance in the 29th minute when Willian set up Drogba who fired his shot off-target.
James then cleared a Fàbregas cross as Chelsea began to get their attacking game together, but it was City who ended the half on top.
An Albrighton cross found Konchesky, but his effort was well saved by Čech. The ball remained in the danger area and a goalmouth scramble ensued with Cambiasso setting up Albrighton, for a shot that was blocked by Cahill before the visitors’ defence finally managed to scramble it clear.
But City lifted the roof off the KPS taking the lead on the stroke of half-time. James sent Vardy in down the left and his low cross saw a slip from Azpilicueta, allowing Albrighton to pick his spot past Cech.

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The stadium was buzzing during the half time interval, but sadly reality kicked in soon after the restart. In the 48th minute Ivanović’s square ball to Drogba was fired home from 12 yards to put Chelsea back on level terms.
Drogba should have made it 2-1 soon after when City’s defence were unzipped again, but this time he sent his shot sailing over the bar.

Leicester City v Chelsea, Barclays Premier, 29 April 2015

Although City never matched the heights of their first half performance, when they were the equal of Chelsea they held out until the 79th minute. Then a Fàbregas corner was nodded on by Cahill, and although Schmeichel got a touch to it the ball landed for Terry who couldn’t miss from close in.
Four minutes later, Chelsea struck again when Fàbregas set up Ramires, for a fine finish from the edge of the area.

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This was a great shame after City’s first half performance but much encouragement could be taken for May’s four ‘cup finals’ that will decide City’s destiny, although the injuries remained a worry.

Sadly another Nigel Pearson post-match press conference descended into farce and that was to become the only talking  point of the evening…

Leicester: Schmeichel, Wasilewski, Huth (De Laet 24), Morgan, Albrighton, King (James 18), Cambiasso, Drinkwater, Konchesky, Vardy (Mahrez 76), Ulloa. Subs Not Used: Schwarzer, Hammond, Wood, Kramarić.
Chelsea: Čech, Ivanović, Cahill, Terry, Azpilicueta, Ramires (Zouma 84), Matić, Willian, Fàbregas (Mikel 90), Hazard (Cuadrado 88), Drogba. Subs Not Used: Courtois, Filipe Luís, Ake, Oscar.

Referee: M Clattenburg. Attendance: 32,021.

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Leicester extract three points from Turf Moor

Burnley 0:1 Leicester City

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Four wins from four games took City out of the relegation zone after they edged a tense encounter at Burnley, which turned on two events a minute apart…

Nigel Pearson made two changes to his side for this vital Premier League basement meeting, with Drinkwater and Konchesky in the starting XI.
Understandably, given the circumstances, it was a very tight and tense game and the first half saw hardly any chances created. The only noteworthy effort came just after the half hour when Trippier’s corner saw Duff tee up Taylor for a shot over his own shoulder, but Schmeichel was well-placed to block it.
The teams went down the tunnel goal-less which suited City more than it did the home side.
City had the first opportunity in the second half when Huth was brought down  on the edge of the area, but Heaton wasn’t called into action by Cambiasso’s free-kick which cleared the bar by a couple of yards.
The Clarets responded with a chance of their own, a Duff header being headed clear by Ulloa.
All the true drama of the game then arrived in one minute just before the hour mark.
After Schmeichel pulled off a fine reaction save from Ings Konchesky pursued the loose ball but caught Taylor as the Burnley player overtook him. Taylor himself took the spot kick but slipped and hit the outside of the right hand post for a huge let off for City.
The Leicester fans were still celebrating this miss when play moved to the other end. Albrighton sent in a cross from the  right which Duff got a touch to, but Heaton only just managed to keep out before Vardy raced in to net from point blank range.
Pearson brought on Kramarić for Ulloa and De Laet for Albrighton, as City dug in to defend a priceless lead.
The closest the Clarets got to a reply saw Schmeichel make another fine save to keep out a deflected Mee shot.
A solid defensive display ensured that City earned all three points and the miracle was still on.
Four wins from four games, for the first time in the top flight since 1966, took City out of the relegation zone…

Burnley: Heaton, Trippier, Duff, Shakell, Mee, Boyd (Wallace 70), Jones, Arfield, Taylor (Kightly 86), Ings, Jutkiewicz (Sordell 70). Subs Not Used: Gilks, Keane, Ward, Ulvestad.
Leicester: Schmeichel, Wasilewski, Huth, Morgan, Albrighton (De Laet 70), King, Cambiasso, Drinkwater (James 77), Konchesky, Vardy, Ulloa (Kramric 65). Subs Not Used: Upson, Mahrez, Schwarzer, Wood.

Referee: Mr. A. Taylor. Attendance: 19,582.

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Leicester on the up after Swansea are beaten at the King Power

Leicester City 2:0 Swansea City

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City’s revival extended to three consecutive wins after a spirited 2-0 victory over Swansea at the KPS on Saturday…

Nigel Pearson made three changes, with Wasilewski, King and Kramarić coming in. But plans were disrupted during the warm-up when Nugent strained a calf and Ulloa was promoted from the bench.
City were set up to attack and did that from the first whistle – taking the lead after a quarter of an hour.
A long ball forward from Wasilewski was diverted by Morgan into the path of Ulloa who gleefully slotted it home from 8 yards.

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Soon after that opening goal had raised the crowd to a new pitch of excitement, Albrighton made good progress through the Swans defence but couldn’t apply the finishing touch, sending his shot wide of the left hand post.
The visitors had their first on target effort when a Sigurdsson shot was comfortably fielded by Schmeichel.
They then gained more possession up to the break, but didn’t come close to an equaliser.

Pearson brought De Laet on for Wasilewski for the second half as City went for the jugular again.
Albrighton and Kramarić both went close before Ulloa sent a header just over the bar, but Swansea also threatened.
Schmeichel produced a fine block with his left leg to deny Oliveira in a one-on-one and then got down well to a Shelvey effort to preserve City’s lead.
Pearson then brought on Mahrez for Ulloa and Drinkwater for Kramarić.
From a Swansea corner City broke upfield at pace and Vardy fed Mahrez perhaps slightly too late allowing Fabiański to come out and block his effort.
City broke again when Drinkwater sent Vardy clear on goal, and he was bundled over by Williams for a clear cut penalty, but yet again this season the ref didn’t agree.
Vardy sent a shot over and then Mahrez forced a good save from Fabiański with a low shot as the tension mounted in the final ten minutes. That was finally relieved with a minute left on the clock when City doubled their lead.
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Cambiasso, who had been superb all afternoon, fired a 20 yard free-kick through the wall which seemed to deceive Fabiański at the last moment. It bounced back off his knee to King who bundled it over the line from close in to get the KPS bouncing.
For the first time since November City were off the bottom of the Premier League and after some jubilant scenes at the end of the game Nigel Pearson urged some caution: “The danger is that people start believing that the job is done. It is far from it; there’s still a long way to go. We have still got six games left and we have to get as many points as possible from them, which is going to be a big challenge.”

Leicester: Schmeichel, Huth, Wasilewski (De Laet 46), Morgan, Schlupp, King, Cambiasso, Albrighton, Ulloa (Mahrez 68), Vardy, Kramarić (Drinkwater 74). Subs Not Used: Konchesky, James, Lawrence, Schwarzer.
Swansea: Fabiański, Amat, Ki (Montero 58), Williams, Shelvey, Routledge (Dyer 70), Oliveira (Emnes 75), Rangel, Sigurdsson, Cork, Fernández. Subs Not Used: Britton, Grimes, Tremmel, Bartley.
Referee: L Probert. Attendance: 31,121.

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