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Post  Bri on 2017-03-21, 1:20 pm

Moyes is clearly going nowhere. I've come to terms that we can't afford to sack him and understand the need to break the cycle, wish it was a better manager but hey ho. Club is broken what ever. Anyway I digress. I've noticed a lot of people bigging up Ranieri to replace Moyes. I've always been skeptical of Ranieri so thought I'd do a little homework and quickly came across this decent little read






Exclusive interview: How Premier League champions Leicester lost Way and then a sense of direction
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How Premier League champions Leicester lost Way and then a sense of direction
Leicester’s former sports psychologist Ken Way (left) was let go by Claudio Ranieri
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26 FEBRUARY 2017 • 6:15PM
Ken Way has watched the increasingly bitter fallout at Leicester City since Claudio Ranieri was sacked last Thursday with growing sadness.

He has watched as Leicester’s players have been labelled “ungrateful”, “spoiled” and “treacherous”; accused of carrying out a coup against their own manager. He has seen the club’s Thai owners charged with killing romance stone dead. Listened as the sporting world has debated the tragic ending to one of the greatest fairytales the game has known. He cannot help but be full of regret.

Way was, until the start of this season, the sports psychologist at Leicester City. Originally part of Nigel Pearson’s backroom staff, along with Craig Shakespeare and Steve Walsh, Way was kept on when Ranieri arrived in 2015. But after the miracle of 2015-16, the relationship came to an abrupt and troubling end.

Way realised he was being let go only when he asked the club’s kit men for his kit allocation ahead of the season opener, and they mumbled something about his not yet being ready. “They sort of fobbed me off,” he recalls, sadly. “Told me to come back later. At the time I didn’t think much of it but I realise now that they knew I wasn’t being kept on…”

Sure enough, a few days after Leicester’s 2-1 defeat at Hull City, Way got a letter from the club thanking him for his services but telling him he would no longer be needed.


He admits the manner of his departure left him feeling “bruised” – mostly because Ranieri did not ring him to explain his decision. But he is adamant he is not speaking out of bitterness when he explains where he feels Leicester’s season went astray. “On the contrary,” he says, “I feel really sorry for Claudio. I just sent him a text message actually because first and foremost he is a gentleman. A really lovely man.

“But if I’m honest I do feel he was a bit more distanced from the players and staff than Nigel was. Without wishing to be unkind, I think Claudio rode a bit on the coat-tails of Nigel, who had really built a special bond with the players and staff. He profited from the platform they created.”

To Ranieri's credit, Way says, the Italian changed little when he arrived. He recognised that the atmosphere was good and was happy to tinker with tactics and the systems on the pitch and generally to leave things alone off it. That all changed this year, however. Not only with the high-profile departures of key players such as N’Golo Kanté, but with backroom staff as well.

Watch | Ranieri poses for photo with young fans just hours after being sacked
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“I was very sad when Steve [Walsh] left for Everton – although it was absolutely fair enough from his point of view – but that was another link to that atmosphere from the past,” he notes. “Shakey [Shakespeare] is fantastic at lightening the mood but he’s the only one [of the current coaching staff] who really injects genuine vitality into the group. He also has a lot on his plate. In my opinion you need someone who is looking out for that team spirit at all times…”

Someone like him, for instance? Way is diplomatic. “Well, It’s the role of all support staff to help create and maintain the right team spirit but I like to think I played my part in this by looking a bit further down the road, watching for warning signs of any ‘terrorist’ activity.”

Way is not referring here to some sort of sleeper cell in Leicester.

“Terrorists,” he explains, “are what I call people who, without thinking, suck the lifeblood out of a squad. If I came close to spotting any terrorist activity, I would always react right away to shut down that threat.”


If this all sounds to you like psycho-babble, then you would probably be of a mind with Ranieri. The Italian’s scepticism towards sports psychology was well known. He famously had a run-in with one psychologist at Monaco over a metaphorical “elephant” in the dressing room and was generally of the opinion that tactics were all-important and players should be big and ugly enough to take care of themselves.


“When you are young, maybe you need somebody who can help you, but now you are a man,” Ranieri said in August when asked how he intended to prepare his players for Leicester’s title defence. “In life, you need to be strong. Psychologists? No.”

Again, Way is tactful when asked about this. He is, and has been in the past, dismissive of his role in Leicester’s title success, anxious not to overstate his role, arguing he was actually busier the previous season. Nor will he identify which players he felt were the biggest “terrorists” at the King Power Stadium, or those he felt had the potential to go rogue.

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It is obvious, though, that he is sad at the way it ended. That the work he did at Leicester – much of it away from the training ground and the stadium, in the homes of players and staff, and for a fraction of the money per year that the top players received per week – was under-appreciated.

When Way watches his former colleagues take on Liverpool tonight, assailed on all sides by allegations of treachery and deceit, he will bemoan that there was no one there to defuse the tension; to make them remember what got them there in the first place.

“It seems to me that what they really lost was the fun they had last year; when Christian Fuchs was posting silly YouTube videos,” he concludes. “There hasn’t been any of that this season. Unfortunately terrorists are good at recruiting other terrorists – simply by asking obvious questions: Why are we playing these tactics? Why do we keep losing? The questioning causes you to lose focus on the very essence of what got you there in the first place.

“That is when I would argue – selfishly perhaps – for the presence of a sports psychologist who can intervene early, before things go wrong.”






This could be a debate that rears it head at a more relevant time next season should Dave gets us of to a stinker.

Given Moyes' biggest criticism has been an inability to motivate and get the best out of players, there's a chance(if there's any truth in this article)quite a few of us are unknowingly willing to jump out of the frying pan and into the fire. I think there's good chance that Pearson would be better suited, given his promotion history with Leicester and Hull and the buzz created around those promotions, he clearly has a hands on attention to sports psychology something much needed if we're ever to install the right attitude within our squad.
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Post  cyprussyd on 2017-03-21, 2:03 pm

I certainly would not want Ranieri, nice man but not for us

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Post  Hieronymus on 2017-03-21, 3:48 pm

Really interesting article Bri , thaks for posting.

As a psychology graduate myself I completely understand where he is coming from. A psychologist can teach techniques to reduce stress and negative thoughts and build self-confidence and team spirit. Mr Way (and it sounds like Nigel Pearson too) shows here that he probably did play a significant part in the success of Leicester last season.
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Post  Nostalgic on 2017-03-21, 8:22 pm

It would be interesting to hear this man's take on our fans attitude to Moyes.  I have become weary of the variety of criticisms leveled against him over the months starting as early as last September. Things like as he is negative, miserable, going back to olde players, bad signings etc when the man has had to wrestle with a huge injury list that would have crippled any other club.  Add the FPP  against our lack of signings that has meant he has to balance the books in his hunt for new players.  We missed out on Bony and who knows, others who refused to join us - but that would be down to him no our plight.

On a personal note, I feel a bit exonerated about Ranieri and his being declared Manager of the Year which I reckoned he had not earned.  My point at the time was that he inherited a handy team and just let it play as he knew nothing about them and the back-room boys ran the club.  An injury-free season, a team that believed in themselves and him being a last minute appointment.  He had nothing to do but go with the flow and that made him top dog, but this season is the measure we can use to measure his ability to rebuild and redirect a team.  Since their reversion to the old style of play they are flying again which says a lot for me.

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Post  Lee123456789 on 2017-03-21, 9:02 pm

He wouldn't go to a club that can't compete in the premier league
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Post  Sid MCFC on 2017-03-21, 11:02 pm

Lee123456789 wrote:He wouldn't go to a club that can't compete in the premier league
Strange attitude son.

This is clearly a friendly forum, try going on Bluemoon with a gob like that and you'll end losing some of your milk teeth.

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Post  Lee123456789 on 2017-03-22, 1:34 am

Nah can't stand city as much as I can't stand the mackems a shitty little club who got lucky should be back in league 2 where u belong and u will never be a bigger club than Utd so always in their shadows u sad c**t
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Post  Sid MCFC on 2017-03-22, 9:13 am

Lee123456789 wrote:Nah can't stand city as much as I can't stand the mackems a shitty little club who got lucky should be back in league 2 where u belong and u will never be a bigger club than Utd so always in their shadows u sad c**t
Hahaha.  I was expecting a response, just a little surprised at the timing of it. I hope your parents/carer don't  know you were up that late!

I don't know what team if any you'll support when you grow up but if you do manage to find a ream that suits you try going to a football match.  You never know you might learn how to speak to people before your teeth are knocked out.

Seriously though son, you would enjoy going to a football match, it has to be a lot better than being sat in your dimly lit bedroom ranting at a keyboard surrounded by soggy tissues.

Take care
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Post  barrowmackem on 2017-03-22, 9:19 am

Sid MCFC wrote:
Lee123456789 wrote:Nah can't stand city as much as I can't stand the mackems a shitty little club who got lucky should be back in league 2 where u belong and u will never be a bigger club than Utd so always in their shadows u sad c**t
Hahaha.  I was expecting a response, just a little surprised at the timing of it. I hope your parents/carer don't  know you were up that late!

I don't know what team if any you'll support when you grow up but if you do manage to find a ream that suits you try going to a football match.  You never know you might learn how to speak to people before your teeth are knocked out.

Seriously though son, you would enjoy going to a football match, it has to be a lot better than being sat in your dimly lit bedroom ranting at a keyboard surrounded by soggy tissues.

Take care

he doesn't help with the image most mackems have of a mag, im sure there are some good level headed sound mags somewhere. Laughing Laughing

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