Writer: J P Fear
Date:Tuesday September 25 2007
1) So finally back to playing Premiership opposition, are you looking forward to the clash?
We've had some quite good results whilst in the Championship against Premiership opposition having managed to beat Charlton and Tottenham in recent seasons. We've come close as well against Fulham and of course last season against Villa. Those results have been quite welcome with not much in the league to cheer about, so I am looking forward to the match and hoping for another good game.
2) Do you have any optimism that you'll get a result against Villa on Wednesday night, you seem to have had a very mixed start in the league, is this a welcome distraction?
I'm always optimistic we'll get a good result in a one-off game, a lot of the players seem to respond to the occasion and put in some good performances. We've had a mixed start, not helped by changing the manager after 4 league games after our only league win to date! The squad has increased in size over the summer too which could explain the inconsistency. It's rumoured we might play a 3-5-2 so this could be a game where Megson decides to experiment a little bit with his tactics and selections.
3) What is your opinion of your new manager and what do you think about Martin O'Neill, is he the right man for Villa!?
No-one really knows why Martin Allen left the club as early in the season as he did. I think that Mandarics record with managers at Portsmouth and now at Leicester has meant that managers would think twice about taking the job which is a shame. Megson arrived with a reputation for being a bit negative and defensive but he did get WBA out of this league on two occasions. I'm prepared to give him some time.
MoN is a City legend. He took us to the final of this competition three times winning it twice, I can't believe he wasn't offered the England job after declaring he wanted it and I think that you've done well to manage to attract him to the club. He's a good manager and should get you into Europe before long.
4) What realistically do you expect from Leicester City over the next few years, is a return to the Prem on the cards?
Milan has stated that the aim is the premiership in 3 years, however the competition for promotion from the Championship is huge and the clubs coming down will always be favourites to go back up. Hopefully we can start to build a team that can take us back up there now that Milan is at the club.
5) What is your prediction for the game?
You might expect a weaker team from a Prem team in the early rounds of this cup, but MoN always fielded a strong team at City. I think he'll do the same as it's a possible route into Europe for you. With that in mind I think we will struggle. We almost took you to penalties last time round which we deserved to do, I'm going for 1-1 with City going through via a shootout.
With thanks to the new Vital Leicester editor George Gowers.
Date:Tuesday September 25 2007
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