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What Leicester City have done is nothing short of shocking.
To have upset all these managers, in perfectly good jobs already, the way they have is just wrong and the people in charge at the Walkers Stadium should be ashamed.
It is nothing short of unbelievable. They have gone about things in completely the wrong way, it's as simple as that.
If you need a manager, you do not ask Burnley for permission to speak to Steve Cotterill, then ask QPR if it's OK to speak to Ian Holloway and then go to Luton to see if you can speak to Mike Newell.
You have a board meeting, you single out your preferred target and then you make your approach to the football club, or to the manager's agent. Of course, you have a plan B and even plan C in place in case the one you want doesn't come off, but you do not go and sound out all three clubs about talking to their managers.
You cannot take say five managers into an interview and then just pick whichever one shows up best, that's just plain wrong.
As I understand it, there were another couple of promising young managers on the list, so just because Leicester City have decided to do things the wrong way, other clubs and other managers have had to deal with all this speculation and unrest.
Technically they might not have done anything wrong, but I wouldn't be surprised if the Football League had something to say about this, or indeed John Barnwell and the League Managers' Association.
The only outcome that could possibly remove the bitter taste from the mouth is that Ian Holloway ends up as manager of Leicester City Football Club.
If he doesn't, he will find himself out of work, that's the bottom line. And because of the way they have done things, that will be Leicester City's fault. Not Ian Holloway's. Not even Gianni Paladini's.
It made me laugh when I heard the QPR chairman say that Ian had not been sacked, because effectively that's what gardening leave is, but you can understand his point of view.
Yes he could have quashed all this by turning down Leicester's approach, just like Burnley did when they asked about Steve Cotterill, but he didn't. It is not all one-sided and it has perhaps given him the excuse to make a change at the Loftus Road helm, because as he rightly says, if you are a married man, you do not go looking at the woman next door!
That's effectively what Ian Holloway has done but his reputation should not be tarnished by what's happened because the situation is of Leicester City's making.
It may also be that Ian could do with a change himself. He has had to work under extremely difficult circumstances for a while now. He has not been able to spend loads of money, had administration to deal with and just hasn't been given the same financial clout as plenty of his Championship peers.
QPR are not going to go up this year, but they are not going to go down either and as a young, vibrant manager, you have to put him in the same bracket as people like Mike Newell and Steve Cotterill.
On these pages a few weeks ago, I said Leicester needed a bright, up-and-coming manager that knows the Coca-Cola League well and Ian Holloway fits that description. I assume he knew what he was letting himself in for when he agreed to speak to Leicester and I assume he is now aware what he is dealing with should he get the job.
If he does, it will be a case of all's well that ends well... and that is in spite of Leicester City.
Originally Posted by Nico
I dont belive in jinxing mate, I do belive in playing at home with a 2-0 advantage against a team which I cant see scoring 2 goals!
Of course, if we lose, I'll never admit it was me who wrote this.
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