No Foxes return for O'Neill - Bevan

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League Managers Association chief executive Richard Bevan has dismissed reports that Martin O'Neill is set to make a sensational managerial return to Leicester.

Paulo Sousa was dismissed as Foxes boss on Friday morning with the club bottom of the Coca-Cola Championship after a solitary win from their opening nine games. The Midlands outfit are searching for their ninth manager since chairman Milan Mandaric completed his takeover in 2007, and O'Neill and former England boss Sven Goran Eriksson have both been linked to the vacancy.

Bevan told BBC Radio Five Live: "I've spoken to Martin following a significant amount of rumours in the media and Martin will not be returning at this stage to Leicester and he's not in communication with the club. I don't see Martin going to Leicester City at this stage."

Bevan earlier launched a scathing attack on the decision to sack Sousa after less than three months in charge of the club and took a huge swipe at Mandaric's stewardship.

He said: "How can a chairman expect to deliver success at a football club when a talented manager is recruited and dismissed within three months, at the start of the season and is given only nine league games to put his own imprint on the squad and the club?

"Leicester City Football Club has had 14 managers since 2004. Clearly the club has to examine its manager recruitment strategy as their current approach does not work.

"It is damaging to the club and its fans and is an inappropriate way to treat talented managers and their careers."

Mandaric sold Leicester in August to Vichai Raksriaksorn, the Thai millionaire behind Asian Football Investments, but has stayed on as interim chairman. He stated that he wants a new manager in place at the Walkers Stadium "within the next 48 hours" and has a shortlist of three to choose from.

"It's important we bring in an experienced manager and it's important we complete the process quickly," he said. "We have a short-list of three candidates, all experienced managers, and we have to move quickly after these unfortunate events.

"We must do it quickly to satisfy the needs of the team and the supporters' expectations, within the next 48 hours."

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