Complacency, contract mismanagement and a lack of ruthlessness: How the Leicester dreamed turned sour

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2023-05-28 17:23:00  • 7 mins

Too good to go down? Leicester were too bad to stay up, as so many supporters had feared for some time. The inquest into this sorry season will be lengthy and painful, as a club once regarded as flag-bearers contemplate the end of their nine-year Premier League existence, having lurched from a golden era to a collection of errors.

Leicesters relegation feels completely self-inflicted and there has never been a stronger disconnect between supporters and players, ahead of a mass exodus this summer.

With eight players out of contract, it is mismanagement on a grand scale and the scrutiny has to extend beyond a squad who have gone down with barely a whimper. From Leicesters indecision on the future of Brendan Rodgers, the lack of investment last summer, poor recruitment and the contracts mess, fingers have to be pointed at chairman Aiyawatt Top Srivaddhanaprabha and director of football Jon Rudkin.

Rodgers will be viewed as the main villain of the piece and many fans hold him responsible for the clubs drop into the Championship. He guided Leicester to their first FA Cup final win, also finishing fifth twice, but over the past 18 months it unravelled dramatically. Rodgers should have gone long before April 2, and probably would have accepted it.

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