Pompey v Leicester - the Leicester view
Ahead of the Leicester game this weekend I had a chance to ask the editor of Vital Leicester a few questions to give us a bit of insight about Leicester and their season so far. Here are the questions his responses...
Sven has underachieved in most jobs he has been at, but do you feel he was right to be dismissed after just a year in charge?
Hand on heart really he wasn't given long enough. There had been plenty of rumours going round for a while that the axe would fall, but when you are trying to bed in 12 odd new players, work out who works best with who, you need more than 13 odd games.
The board were happy allowing him to sign so many new players, they should've given him the time to let them gel and work it out on the pitch for me.
There's no guarantee that would've worked, but we aren't going to get very far as a club if we change managers everytime there's a hiccup.
You started the season as one of the favourites to win the league, but after a run of mediocre results find yourself lingering in the wrong half of the table. Do you think your performances have warranted this position in the league?
In some ways yes. We have played some good stuff at points but it's been amateurish at others. We haven't always picked up the results we probably deserved when we have played well for the most part, but the proverbial 10 minutes of madness has seriously cost us in other games.
They say the table doesn't lie and ultimately we are where we deserve to be with the points we've lost so far this season, but we aren't that far off the play off spots and there are plenty of points left to be won if we develop some consistency, the dream of promotion this season is still alive for us - at least for the moment. It now depends on how well Pearson can turn things around.
The team has been given decent budget and your squad contains a number of quality names. Do you feel the wage structure is a risk should you fail to achieve promotion in the next few years?
If we don't 'get there' within 2-3 years and we keep spending as we have done, without shifting any unwanted's on, it could be an issue - but again that's only if we stockpile players. We have spent big but the owners have deep pockets, so there shouldn't be much worry of a financial meltdown if we miss out this season.
Even whilst we were spending there was enough lip service paid to the club being self sufficient, looking at youngsters for the future etc, that at least gives you some piece of mind that we haven't truly over-extended ourselves this summer based solely on the rewards of promotion.
David Nugent is a name Pompey fans are very familiar with, who will get a mixed reaction on his return. How has he adapted to life at Leicester?
Fairly well to be honest. He's found the net for us 5 times so far I think, but with the switching that has gone on up front as Sven was trying to find the best mix, he hasn't really had a run with a steady partner yet, so hopefully there is more to come from him both in terms of understanding in a unit but also with more chances being created when the team click completely.
Which player should Pompey be wary of going into this game?
I'd actually go for Nugent if selected. I'd imagine he feels he has a point to prove to Pompey as well as the new gaffer.
With some of the names in the squad though, it really just depends on who turns up, as there are a number of matchwinners on their day.
What is your prediction for the match?
I think it'll be tight, but I'll go 2-1 to us!
Many thanks for helping out with these, and here's hoping for a great game tomorrow, with a victory for the hosts of course!
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