Smith has made it clear that he has not come alone and is joined by two assistants who played a crucial role in persuading him to take the opportunity.
John Terry and Craig Shakespeare both bring something different to the team
Leicester City fans are questioning whether new head coach Dean Smith can keep the club in the Premier League. However, Smith has made it clear that he has not come alone and is joined by two assistants who played a crucial role in persuading him to take the opportunity. John Terry and Craig Shakespeare both bring something different to the team, according to Smith, and their experiences are massive. Shakespeare, a former Leicester manager, won the Premier League with the club as an assistant manager, kept them up as an assistant manager, and took the club to the quarter-final of the Champions League as a manager. Terry, a former England captain, brings his experiences as a player and blossoming coach to the table.
Dean stresses that it is a clean slate with three fresh pairs of eyes
Smith emphasizes his leadership skills, which means empowering others. He plans to lean not only on his assistants but also on the players themselves. Smith had a meeting with Leicester’s five-man leadership group on Monday evening to identify where things have gone wrong. The players were asked to come in on Tuesday with their ideas, all part of an open conversation to help change things. Smith wants to listen to the players, asking them questions and getting their views to help alter the team’s strategies slightly. Smith stresses that it is a clean slate with three fresh pairs of eyes. For players who have not played the minutes they would have expected, it is a fresh start. The team wants to see levels on the training ground lifted, and they feel they have seen that so far.
Leicester’s next game is against Manchester City
Leicester is currently two points from safety with eight games remaining and in worse form than the teams above the relegation zone. Last time out, they lost at home to Bournemouth, and their next game is against Manchester City. Smith’s confidence dropped from 80 per cent to 50 per cent after watching the defeat at the King Power. However, he says he is now “100 per cent all in,” but the fragility of that display has stayed with him. Smith is really pleased with what he has seen from the players so far, but what he will demand is that his team shows more resilience. “You are still in a game at 1-0 and 2-0,” he says.
“We have to have that mentality. That is a big thing in football, and we have to instil that. We have come in to lift the morale, lift the confidence and get a tune out of players to win football matches.”
In summary, Smith is confident that he can keep Leicester in the Premier League, but he emphasizes that he has not come alone. He has two experienced assistants who bring something different to the team, and he plans to listen to the players to help alter the team’s strategies slightly. Smith stresses that it is a clean slate with three fresh pairs of eyes, and he wants to instill resilience in the team to win matches.