First Team Star
Oct 4, 2010, 1:42 AM
Post #6 of 13
Leicester City have been bought out by a Thai-based consortium but Milan Mandaric will stay on as chairman of the Championship club.
Aiyawatt Raksriaksorn, who owns the club's new shirt sponsors King Power Group, will front the Asia Football Investments consortium.
Mandaric said the deal would enable the club to "secure ambitious and exciting plans" and is a "great opportunity".
Didn't Mandaric once have ambitious and exciting plans for Portsmouth?
Sousa out, Eriksson in. The Thai money men must have gotten impatient. Nothing like a high profile manager to keep the foreign investors excited and engaged.
In the first-linked article:
Richard Bevan, chief executive of the League Managers Association, said: "How can a chairman expect to deliver success at a football club when a talented manager is recruited and dismissed within two months? Paolo Sousa must have felt he was back at QPR (13 managers in 4.5 years)! Although he did last longer at QPR, and QPR don't look like being QPR so far this season.
"Knee-jerk dismissals, and the chopping and changing of managers will not deliver success on the field and is incredibly destabilizing to the entire club.
"Paulo's sacking is even more disappointing in light of the chairman's comments on Paulo's appointment in the summer, when he stated he was 'delighted to acquire a manager of such great calibre'.
"Leicester City Football Club has had 14 managers since 2004 and six whilst the current chairman has been at the club.
"Clearly the club has to examine its manager recruitment strategy as their current approach does not work.
"It is damaging to the club and its fans and is an inappropriate way to treat talented managers and their careers."
Sousa must be wishing he had stayed at Swansea City, an island of stability, instead of rushing out into dangerously choppy waters.
(This post was edited by rainjar on Oct 4, 2010, 6:00 AM)