Leicester City’s promotion hopes hurt after Sven sack

Sven has been fired from another managerial position. But it wasn't the right move this time.

Leicester City sacked manager Sven-Goran Eriksson. Or, he left by “mutual consent.”

Leicester’s boards sacked Sven. That’s  what happened.

This could easily be the most knee-jerk firing so far this season. But why? The Foxes lost to Millwall this past weekend 3-0. This put the club in 13th in the Championship, and held at just five wins on the season. Sounds pretty disappointing, right?

Well, the Championship is one of the most competitive leagues in the world. It should be no surprise to anyone that Leicester are only two points off of the play-off positions and just five points off of an automatic promotion spot. Sacking Sven now – it’s still October and not even one-third into the season – makes about as much sense as dropping David Nugent or Kasper Schmeichel for the rest of the campaign.

This manager brought in several players to even make Leicester remotely able to say it is a club that can compete for promotion. In addition to Schmeichel and Nugent, Sven also nabbed Sean St. Ledger from Preston, Lee Peltier from Huddersfield, Matt Mills from Reading, Paul Konchesky from Liverpool, Jermaine Beckford from Everton and Neil Danns from Crystal Palace. John Pantsil and Michael Ball arrived on free transfers, as well. All of these moves occurred in this transfer window. Sven didn’t necessarily hesitate to add players with the money he was given.

To make matters worse, the club decided to fire Sven right before they are set to face West Ham, who sit second in the table and now have a clear advantage in what is a six-point affair. Instead, Mike Stowell and John Rudkin will be temporary co-caretakers while a replacement is found. Stowell, the first team coach had a stint as caretaker before Sven took over,  so he knows the ropes. Rudkin is the academy director for the Foxes, so it is unclear how he is a better choice than the shamed former-manager.

This guy probably isn't too happy about the current situation at his club.

This could be a defining move by the ownership and Leicester’s board. By taking in someone so high-profile and not giving him the opportunity to complete the job, it shows nothing more than ignorance and impatience. Not surprising coming from a club that hasn’t been in the English top-flight since 2004.

But why care? Leicester likely doesn’t. The board will just hire someone like Martin O’Neill and return to the Premier League anyway.


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