Is Brendan Rodgers coming to the end of his Leicester City tenure?

By Luke Williamson

Brendan Rodgers’ future at Leicester City Football Club has come under question, following the sacking of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer at Manchester United.

Rodgers took over from Claude Puel at the King Power Stadium in February 2019 and took the Foxes back into European football in his first full season in charge.

This season has been a struggle with The Foxes floundering in 12th place in the Premier League – compared to third after 12 games of the last campaign and second at the same stage a season before.

DOWNWARD SPIRAL: Comparison of Leicester City’s form this season compared to the previous two. PICTURE. Luke Williamson using Microsoft Excel

City are underperforming in a number of categories – winning four fewer games meaning the Foxes have picked up nine points fewer than at this stage last term, and 11 compared to two seasons prior.

Foxes fan Sam Bettany, a digital marketing graduate from UCFB, said: “Rodgers has struggled with making the next step with this group of players.

“Yes, we have had some injuries to contend with but it feels like we’re changing our system too often and it feels like our identity has been lost this season.”

Goals have been hard to come by, too, with the usually potent strike force only finding the net 16 times so far this season, compared with 24 last season and 29 the one before that, with the style of play again the root of the concern for supporters.

Rizwan Narma, another City fan, added: “Rodgers has tinkered with the team too many times.

“Why [James] Maddison and Kelechi Iheanacho aren’t starting every game is absolutely beyond me, especially considering our lack of creativity and the fact that Kelechi’s goals and assists have carried us the whole of 2021.

“Rodgers has been too stubborn in his tactics and set up – when something isn’t working, he rarely changes it or leaves it too late.”

Defensively, the side has looked shaky at the back, with the loss of Wesley Fofana before the season started and new signing Jannik Vestergaard not living up to his £15 million price tag.

The side has conceded six more goals at this stage compared to last season – 15 to 21 – and considerably more than the eight they conceded after 12 games in 2019/20.

Tom Hoegger, content creator for Leicester Fan TV, added: “Zonal marking this year just has not worked at all.

“The loss of Wesley Fofana in the last pre-season game to a broken leg has been a massive loss to the defence.”

PICTURE. Luke Williamson

When Solskjaer lost his job at the helm at Old Trafford, Rodgers’ name reportedly found its way onto United’s shortlist.

Sam added: “It doesn’t surprise me, it’s only right he gets linked with a job as big as Manchester United.

“He came back into the Premier League and proved to a lot of people that he is one of the best coaches in the country.

“I think fans would be disappointed if he was to make the switch, but I don’t think he is irreplaceable because our owners are that ambitious that I would trust them to work quickly and replace Rodgers with a coach of similar quality.”

Rodgers seems to be staying at Leicester for the time-being, ahead of tonight’s Europa League game against Legia Warsaw at the King Power Stadium.

DMU basketball First Team reach cup quarter finals

By Joshua Solomon

The De Montfort University men’s basketball first team have advanced to the quarter-finals in the Midlands Conference Cup.

The Pitbulls defeated the University of Warwick in the third round at home in a close game 68-75.

Delighted: the DMU Men’s team.

Small forward Daniel Obiapuna, a 21-year-old third year student, said: “This result means a lot because we worked hard as a team, it was a close game and the opposition were very good but we were calm down the stretch and we made good plays.”

Daniel explained how the team missed some of the first year and the whole of second year due to Covid-19, so for many of them, this is their last year playing.

He said: “For many of us in the team, this will be our last chance at a trophy or to take a memory with us as we leave. We are in our third and final year and our university experience has been up and down so we are going to try our best to win the competition.”

The De Montfort basketball first team coach, Igor Mirkovic, has been the head coach since 2016 and is well liked by everyone who is within the basketball society.

The program at the university is one of the most popular with three men’s teams, a women’s team alongside a recreational social league team.

The basketball team is not just for competition but inclusivity and that’s why the aim of the DMU Pitbulls is to be a friendly, hardworking team and fully support new team members whatever their skill level, who want to have fun playing basketball and keeping fit.

Men’s Basketball

Monday 19:10- 20:40 at Queen Elizabeth ll Diamond Jubilee Leisure Centre

Thursday 20:50- 22:00 at QE2

Women’s Basketball

Monday 17:30- 19:00 QE2

Thursday 18:30- 20:00 at Morningside Arena

Social Media:

Facebook- De Montfort University Basketball

Twitter- @DMUBasketball

Instagram- @dmu_basketball

DMU Lions win season opener

By Rian Fearnehough

Thanks to a particularly strong performance the De Montfort University Lions American football team started the campaign with a win as they took down the opposition of Staffordshire Stallions 50-6.

The display was impressive after all the problems created by COVID, injuries before the game and the numerous new faces in the team. Despite this the team put out a strong performance proving they are going to challenge any team this season.

Coach Stuart Franklin said:”there were positive steps taken by the whole team today”

Despite the strong team performance the defence stood out as they completely dominated the Stallions not allowing their offence to put their stamp on the game.

MVP for the game Jordan Raheem had a particularly dominant performance as he stopped the offensive line of the Stallions having an impact on the game helping the Lions control the game.

Josh Seybert showing his passion for the game in celebration

International scholarship student Josh Seybert was a constant leader for the Lions during the game. Josh played a huge role in the success the Lions had in all three stages of play, offence defence and special teams, this helped the team perform at the level it did and helped make the game that much easier. 

Coach Franklin said: “it’s a great result but the team still has areas to improve and can become even stronger as the season progresses.”

This gives the Lions a good foundation and helps the coaches understand what can be improved before the next game against the Huddersfield Hawks have had a troubled start to the season with a loss and were unable to field a team for the second game. You can join the pride once again at Beaumont park on Sunday 5th of December.

The DMU Lions would like to thank everyone who came out to be part of the pride as this really helped spur the team on to victory, If this was your first taste of the sport we hope you enjoyed it and we hope to see you more throughout the rest of the season.

Leicester City expansion to make East Stand one of the biggest in Britain

By Luke Williamson

Leicester City Football Club’s plans to expand on the King Power Stadium’s East Stand have taken years of planning but now clearer details have been released.

Planning documents have revealed the true size of the expansion proposal – with the number of new general admission seats totalling more than 8,200, taking the stadium’s total capacity to more than 40,000.

This would take the capacity of the East Stand to more than 19,300 spectators, making it one of the largest stands in terms of capacity in Britain.

Data collated by Talksport.com shows the largest capacity stands in Great Britain and where the new East Stand will compare (‘bowl’ stadiums that are connected all around the stadium have not been included in the research as it is too difficult to judge).

By Luke Williamson, made on Microsoft Excel.

As shown in the graph, the East Stand would become the fifth biggest stand in club football in Great Britain, bigger than Aston Villa’s Holte End and Manchester United’s Stretford End.

The Sir Alex Ferguson stand at Old Trafford is the biggest stand in British football, with a capacity of 25,500, ahead of Celtic’s North Stand and the Bill Struth Stand at their Glasgow neighbours, Rangers, and Liverpool’s Main Stand at Anfield.

And the height of the new stand has been revealed too – it is proposed it will stand at 47 metres tall, while the hotel will stand at 73.6m, with the club hoping that both will be visible from the city’s train station more than a mile away.

The video, made in Google Earth Studio, shows just how far the station is from the King Power.

Made by Luke Williamson, using Google Earth Studio.

Concourses in the North and South stands will also be renovated and extended – a new detail that was discovered in the release of the planning documents last week.

A 6,000-capacity indoor arena, residential tower, hotel with multi-storey car park and two-storey club store will be built alongside the stadium expansion, with varied dates of when the work is expected to be finished.

The Foxes Chairman, Aiyawatt Srivaddhanaprabha, told Business Live: “The unveiling of these plans represents a significant milestone in the long history of Leicester City Football Club, and one that we hope will continue to put our supporters and our community at the heart of its long-term future.”

The current East Stand at Leicester City’s King Power Stadium. PICTURE: Luke Williamson

The public consultation on the plans is ongoing, with the period for people to have their say on the planning application ending on Tuesday, December 7.

King Power Stadium introduces sensory shopping hour

By Luke Williamson

Leicester City Football Club is introducing a sensory shopping hour to allow fans with autism and additional needs the chance to shop in a comfortable environment.

The sensory shopping hour will take place on the first Friday of every month, starting tomorrow[FRI NOV19], from 10am to 11am.

INVITING: The sensory shopping hour will provide a more comfortable experience for fans with autism or other additional needs. PICTURE: Luke Williamson

Staff in the Foxes Fanstore have taken part in autism awareness training to be able to provide the right support and customer experience.

The changes made will include the lowering of the lights where it is safe to do so, and lowering the noise levels in the shop, including the music.

The time is specially allocated for individuals with autism, their families and their carers, and is a chance to take a break from the bright lights and loud noises that can be overwhelming to people with the condition.