How has it come to this?: Leicesters downfall must teach other clubs a vital lesson

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2023-05-29 10:13:29  • 6 mins

On the day that one of the most sensational spells in any clubs history ended, many of the Leicester City squad and staff inevitably discussed how it had come to this. There was a general feeling that a wider malaise had afflicted the team, affecting confidence and belief.

Some were more direct. Brendan.

Questions can be asked of Brendan Rodgers but it still feels wrong to put so much on a manager who lifted the club to the first FA Cup win in their history and successive fifth-place finishes. That really just illustrates how thin the margins can end up being for those outside the mega elite, and how even model clubs can quickly become examples of something else entirely. There is even a lesson here for a club as brilliantly run as Brighton.

Both of Leicesters fifth-place finishes came in Covid seasons, as the wider game itself lost so much money, and the clubs owners suffered huge losses from the immense impact on their duty-free business. Had either of those campaigns brought Champions League football, and the greater prize money it produces, they might well have had enough to prevent the deep drop-off that has now seen them drop down to the Championship.

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