Brendan Rodgers ‘disappointed’: Leicester is clearly weaker after the transfer window | football news

Brendan Rodgers said it was “obvious” that Leicester’s side have weakened this summer, but said he had full confidence in the club’s board of directors over the transfer strategy.

Rodgers’ side remained at the bottom of the Premier League after the 1-0 defeat to Manchester United on Thursday night, and the signing of Wout Faes, on the day of the transfer deadline, but too late to debut in that match, is their only summer signing.

It comes despite the sale of Wesley Fofana to Chelsea for more than £70m and the loss of captain Kasper Schmeichel to Nice for an undisclosed fee. In his program notes for United’s defeat, chairman Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha blamed the need for “difficult and short-term decisions” in order to “protect the club’s long-term interests”.

Speaking after his fourth straight defeat, his worst streak in the league since February 2017 – a race that cost Claudio Ranieri his job – he said: “I’m glad the window is closed, it was a huge distraction for us. You’re going to read the program notes and watch the situation go by. to the club.

Leicester President Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha’s Program Notes

First and foremost, Leicester City’s overall financial position is entirely secure and backed by my ongoing personal commitment and that of my family.
The club is as safe in our hands as it has been every day for the past 12 years. Our commitment to this responsibility drives every decision we make. Sometimes that commitment means making tough, short-term decisions that protect the club’s long-term interests, like our approach to the summer transfer window.

Due to the increase in our net spend over recent seasons, certain actions have been necessary to ensure that we manage our compliance with the game’s sustainability regulations. As we continue to build our broader revenue streams to compete with the established elite over the long-term, our short-term means of offsetting these expenditures generate profits by trading players.
We’ve done this successfully for five consecutive summer windows before 2021, choosing to make more investments in the team without a major sale. This summer, we couldn’t risk this equation unbalanced further, so we decided there was room in the team before new additions were introduced.

“To have practically every club in the first five leagues bring in players and not be able to improve on that was difficult as a coach and players. The players want to compete; this group showed they can compete but we needed help and unfortunately we couldn’t get that.

“In terms of results, it’s my responsibility. We should have won by now, we’ve been in really good positions in a couple of games and we haven’t been able to see it until I fully understand that, the fans want to see their team win and if they’re not, they’ll tell.

“We’re not going to hide behind the rock and go too far, we’re ready to fight but it’s going to be really important for the fans to get behind the players because it’s a really tough situation not being able to revitalize this team. We need their help to push the players through.”

“I think it’s obvious to see [that the squad is weaker than last year]. I came to Leicester to compete and in the first few years we were able to do that but in the last few years we haven’t been able to add more to the team.

“The most important is the sustainability of the club. I would have liked to add five or six players to add to the quality of the group, but if you can’t do that, I respect that. The resources I have.

“I loved every minute I spent here. It’s the longest I’ve been at a club and that’s because of the players and the ownership. They gave me all the support. My challenge here was to disrupt the market initially for two years, we managed to do that, winning the FA Cup and the Community Shield And you want to build on that, but we haven’t been able to do that.

“I trust the board of directors here if they tell me we can’t do it, then we can’t. It’s frustrating but I respect the people here.”

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Free to watch: Highlights from Manchester United’s victory over Leicester in the Premier League

Rodgers, Who is now the hot favorite as the next Premier League coach to be sackedHe said he is “enjoying” the challenge of keeping his side competitive this season, despite facing Brighton and Tottenham in the next three matches.

“I am very much looking forward to closing the window and taking on the challenge,” he said. “I was only in this position once when I started my first job at Watford, we were third and one of the things we did in the January window was motivate the team and bring in players.

“We managed it and finished the season well. I will enjoy it and certainly not shirk responsibility.”

Ten Hag: It’s too early to say we’re past the corner

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Erik ten Hag comments on his team’s morale after their 1-0 win over Leicester and also responds to the fact that Cristiano Ronaldo will stay at Manchester United.

Despite a third straight win and consecutive clean sheets, Erik ten Hag took an air of caution after United’s first win over Leicester in five attempts.

“Maybe it’s too fast to talk [we have turned a corner]He said: “We are happy with that, we are building a team and a team that comes together, fights for each other, cooperates, and if you do that, you will get the right results. We have to increase that, and Sunday will be a really good game, a really good test, so we are Looking forward.

“I’m happy with the clean sheet. When 11 players defend and attack together, when you have the team, the energy, you see what you can achieve.”

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