Last month, football fans were shocked to discover that Nigel Pearson had been relieved of his duties as Leicester City manager. For the most part of last season, this outcome did not seem unlikely as Leicester were struggling at the bottom of the Premier League and were looking like they were running out of time to turn it around.
However, against all the odds, after miraculously winning seven of their remaining nine games, Nigel Pearson and his side survived relegation, finishing in 14th place, six points ahead of Hull who were relegated in 18th place.
A breakdown in the relationship between Pearson and the Leicester board was the reason for the 51-year-old's sacking and with the controversial incident that took place on Leicester's post-season tour, his sacking was perhaps inevitable at some stage.
Leicester City fans must be disappointed that Pearson will not be given the chance to build on what was a phenomenal end to their Premier League campaign last season. Leicester City are now on the lookout for a replacement, with a host of top managers around Europe being linked with the post.
Bob Bradley, currently working wonders for Stabaek in the Tippeligaen in Norway, is the current favourite for the job amongst many bookmakers, however legendary manager Guus Hiddink, Neil Lennon and Predrag Radosavljevic are all also rumoured to be in contention for the job.
Current favourite Bob Bradley has managed various football teams across the US, including the national side. He is currently impressing as manager for Norwegian team Stabaek who were very much expected to struggle in the Tippeligaen. However, this is not the case as after 15 league games so far this season, Stabaek find themselves sitting in second place, just three points behind Rosenborg EK.
Stabaek would clearly not be keen to lose Bradley who has transformed the club since arriving in January this year, especially as they are only a part way through their current season. Having said that, if Leicester City were to make an approach for Bradley, he may find the temptation of the Premier League too hard to resist. He is a strong minded manager and although he has not managed in a top league before, there is no reason as to why he would not be a success at Leicester.
Guus Hiddink, recently a free agent after leaving his role as Netherlands manager after just one year in charge, is another name being thrown around as a potential managerial target for Leicester City.
Hiddink, who has managed in the Premier League before with Chelsea, has a fantastic reputation worldwide. At the age of 68, Hiddink would be the oldest manager in the Premier League and it is currently unknown whether or not he would be interested in another full-time managerial role.
Dutch National newspaper De Telegraaf have reported that Hiddink has been offered a supervisor role by Leicester where he would be a mentor for a younger manager so he would not have to deal with the day to day coaching of the team. Neither Leicester City nor Guus Hiddink has confirmed this report.
Former Leicester player and current Bolton Wanderers manager Neil Lennon is also being consistently linked to the Leicester City job. He is still to this day a popular figure amongst Leicester City fans and would no doubt be welcomed back to the club with open arms. Lennon, who enjoyed four seasons as the manager of Celtic previously, has emerged as one of the favourites for the Foxes job.
However, as he is currently manager of Bolton and has not even been at the club for a full year yet, he may want to see out the job he has started at the Lancashire club. We will no doubt see Neil Lennon as a Premier League manager in the future, although in my opinion we will not be seeing him as the next manager of Leicester City.
A surprise name that has arisen in the talk of Leicester's new manager is Predrag Radosavljevic. A relatively unknown name in England, Radosavljevic whose nickname is Preki, has announced he will be leaving United Soccer League side Sacramento Republic in favour of a job at the highest level of the game. Immediately, bookmakers began to make Preki one of the major favourites for the Leicester job, surely leaving Leicester fans scratching their heads as to why the club would move for such an inexperienced manager in the top leagues.
Preki has enjoyed short spells with Major League Soccer sides Chivas and Toronto; however he is yet to manage in Europe. It would be a major surprise if Leicester were to make a move for the 52-year-old Serbian-born American, however with the bookmakers making him one of the favourites for the job, something may be in it, Leicester fans will just have to wait and see what developments are to come in the following days.
After such a successful end to their Premier League campaign, Leicester City will be hoping they can hire a manager sooner rather than later so they can begin to build a team capable of avoiding a relegation battle from the start of this campaign. Leicester clearly have a talented squad and have been linked with a host of top players this transfer window, it is yet to be seen which manager the club will go for, however one thing is for sure, they will want to have a new manager settled in before the opening day of the season on August 8 when Leicester will host Sunderland at the King Power Stadium.
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