Date:Thursday November 30 2006
Vital Sheffield Wednesday talks to disgruntled Leicester fan Fezzler about his side's poor start to the season...and how Milan Mandaric can put that right...
1. Whats your start to the season been like?
Down up down - awful start but we managed to go on a decent unbeaten run which saw Rob Kelly shortlisted for Manager of the Month in October. To be frank we still weren't impressive and the recent downturn in fortunes (one win from our last eight) has seen the fans increasingly anxious for the Mandaric takeover to go through. We are far too defensive, especially away from home, or at home… or at neutral venues.
2. What are your thoughts on Rob Kelly?
He did a fantastic job last season, make no mistake. We had a team that didn't look like scoring and he made us defensively solid - picking up points in games where we weren't excelling. Problem is this season we've not excelled (to put it mildly) and can barely buy a win. Hopefully that will change when Mandaric comes in… literally…
3. What stage is the Milan Mandaric takeover at and are you in favour of him?
I believe he is currently completing due diligence. We've heard different stories about when the whole caboodle is scheduled to be completed ranging from mid-December to early January but as long as he gets a couple of decent quality midfielders in during the transfer window I think most fans will be happy. I worry that some sections of our fanbase believe he will throw millions at the squad. Mind you, I would be in favour of anything being thrown at Andy Johnson. The heavier the better.
4. Do you have any injury doubts or suspensions for the match?
The key for us has been getting our two best midfielders - James Wesolowski and Gareth Williams - back fit on a consistent basis. There is an outside chance that Wesolowski will start, in which case we should be more competitive in midfield than of late. Andy Johnson is injured at the moment, we are in the middle of a festival period in celebration of this fact.
5. Who are your danger men?
Iain Hume, a lively Canadian without whom we would be firmly ensconced in the bottom three at the moment. He can make chances for himself and take them, luckily. Australian centre-back Patrick Kisnorbo always threatens from set-pieces and has scored headers against Aston Villa, Ipswich and QPR this season. And we're always in danger if Andy Johnson has the ball.
6. What are your weaknesses?
Rob Kelly is a 4-4-2 man. You get the feeling if there were new rules invoked by the FA whereby you could field 86 players, he would still be wary of switching from 4-4-2. Thus we end up with full-backs populating the midfield and worst of all, Andy Johnson populating the pitch.
7. If you could take one Wednesday player to City who would it be and why?
Chris Waddle circa 1991? Failing that, probably Marcus Tudgay. Despite his dubious sheep-bothering past, Tudgay looks like the lively sort of striker we need to play alongside Hume while Matty Fryatt recovers from his apparent ketamin problems (At first, a user may not remember his or her own name, or even know that they are human, or what that means. Movement is extremely difficult, and a user may not be aware that they have a body at all. - Wikipedia). It's our new Neil Warnock-esque transfer policy - When in doubt, sign any striker who has scored against you recently.
8. If you could send one City player to Wednesday who would it be and why?
I wouldn't wish Andy Johnson on you so we'll give you Josh Low instead. He`s great. You`ll love him. Pat him on the head when he does something good. He loves that.
9. What's your most memorable City v Wednesday match?
May 2000. A true Leicester City performance - in a celebration of a great season in what turned out to be Martin O`Neill's last game in charge, thousands of City fans head up the M1 to Hillsborough to delight in hammering a pisspoor relegated team. Alan Quinn destroys us. We lose 4-0. Apparently he plays for a big club now….
10. Finally, what do you think the score will be?
I think we might win. I have no evidence for this. If Wednesday pick four blokes who have played football before in midfield, I may have to revise this wildly optimistic statement.
Cheers Fezzler - good luck for the rest of the season...
NEXT UP: Norwich City!
Date:Thursday November 30 2006
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