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Focus: Sven the new ringmaster in City circus

Just your average week at Leicester really. Manager sacked after nine matches and a high-profile former England manager arrives in his place.

And while every other Championship club will be spending this weekend on the training pitch, our players, complete with Sven, will be playing a Thai 'all-star XI' in a friendly match.

Just five days ago the team were bottom of the league and manager-less, but today they have arrived in the five-star Thai seaside resort of Pattaya to the welcome of flower necklaces.

All about promoting the brand, right? Football seems to be the least of everybody's worries at the moment, even with the club in the relegation zone with just two wins from ten.

It is difficult to be displeased with Eriksson's arrival at the Walkers stadium after an illustrious career at the very top with healthy successes. There should be few objections to the appointment, even if his arrival perhaps shouldn't have happened in the first place.

The truth is out surrounding Nigel Pearson's departure. We'd all heard the rumours, but the fact of the matter is that he was ousted by the new ownership because he simply didn't fit the brand. Forget winning football matches, what does that matter if you can't sell shirts in Thailand?

Sousa came and went without a whimper. Eriksson is now in, but we all know why. According to our new owner, he is 'a very well known person'. No mention of any footballing achievements in that particular recent interview.

It is difficult to be surprised about anything that happens at our club these days. Managerial appointments and sackings have become commonplace over the last decade, which makes it especially frustrating when your best one gets away for ridiculous reasons.

Milan Mandaric will act the downtrodden hero when he likes, but he is a businessman with no great emotional ties to the club. When it all boils down to it he did what he had to do to sell the club, even if it meant effectively forcing out the club's prize asset.

Being sceptical about foreign investment will always be at the forefront of our minds after the experiences of several other English clubs. Overseas investors with little knowledge of the game will ultimately prove damaging to the game as we know it, even if the draw of big money may at first seem appealing.

At this stage we still don't know what kind of money Eriksson will have to work with in January, but it is likely to be substantial for a Championship club. But I'd rather support a club with a little bit of soul left in it than one that is prepared to buy its way to the top.

So roll up, roll up and come witness the Leicester City circus. We may be a few items short of a dazzling display, but if it's clowns you're after then come on down...




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Writer: JBFox Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Wednesday October 6 2010

Time: 1:10PM

 

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