Each week the Coca-cola Championship throws up at least one surprising result, and on Saturday there was no signs or predictions that Ian Holloway’s relegation zoned Leicester City would get thrashed by West Brom as they began to put pressure on the other promotion seeking clubs.
But it wasn’t to be. West Brom took the lead after 22 minutes but Leicester drew level before half time. But no-one could have predicted a second half hat-trick from ex Derby striker, Steve Howard to give Leicester a much needed 4-1 win which took them out of the relegation zone; at the same time as denting West Brom’s automatic promotion chances.
Leicester’s win moves them up to 20th position, two above the relegation zone and with a better goal difference than all the teams around them. This result will keep Milan Mandaric and any fans of The Foxes off Ian Holloway’s back for a few days. Though next Saturday they entertain Hull City, who are currenly in the play-off places and will feel buoyant themselves after a 5-0 thrashing of Southampton.
Because I like Ian Holloway I hope that Leicester manage to avoid relegation. But if I were Holloway I would consider how safe his job will ever be withMilan Mandaric as chairman.
Leicester City drop into the Coca-Cola League Championship relegation zone for the first time this season after losing 1-0 to Southampton last night.
Listening to BBC Radio 5 Live’s 606 football phone-in programme last night there appeared to be a split between Leicester fans blaming the manager – Ian Holloway, the players and the owner – Milan Mandaric.
Those backing Ian Holloway suggested he is trying to get the team to play attractive football and more common was the suggestion that he needs time to work things out.
Ian Holloway was appointed manager of Leicester City on 22nd November 2007, less than four months ago, after a successful reign at Plymouth Argyle.
He was given a three and a half year contract and made history when he became the first Leicester City manager in over 50 years to win his first league game in charge, beating Bristol City 2-0.
Including caretaker periods, there has been 7 different management teams at Leicester in the past 12 months. That is amazing. From the outside looking in, I think criticism needs to be focussed on Milan Mandaric and also the players themselves, who are the common denominator here.
Leicester are now in the bottom three and have played more games than the teams below and directly above them. Things are looking gloomy for the Foxes. But surely everyone can see stability is the missing ingredient.
Watford go back to the top of the Coca-Cola Football League Championship Table after a 1-0 win over Ian Holloway’s Leicester City.
Darius Henderson scored just before half-time, two minutes after Watford had been reduced to 10 men. John-Joe O’Toole, the man with a name like a jockey, was sent off for pulling back Stephen Clemence.
Watford manager Adrian Boothroyd didn’t disagree with the foul by O’Toole but did disagree with the sending off as he said he could see a covering defender.
Leicester are now seriously fighting for survival just two places above the relegation zone, having played more games than all four teams below them.
Leicester manager Ian Holloway told the BBC:
“The chairman will not be happy, I know. We’ve lost our last three games, I’m a manager and I’m paid to win games but I accept that.”
Watford go one point clear of Bristol City, and two points clear of Stoke City in third.
Bristol City sneaked a 1-0 win away to Scunthorpe. While Stoke held on to a 3-0 half time lead to beat Southampton 3-2.
West Bromich Albion drop to fourth place after a goaless draw against Sheffield United at The Hawthorns.