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Forget West Ham in 2003. Forget Leeds United the following year or Newcastle in 2016. For sheer carelessness and downright incompetence, the masterminds of Leicester’s relegation this season will take some beating.
How can a club with a wage bill that ranks in the top half of the division, a squad packed with internationals and a training base envied around the world end up in the Championship, just seven years after lifting the Premier League title? Answers on a postcard addressed to director of football Jon Rudkin, chief executive Susan Whelan and chairman Aiyawatt Srivaddhanaprabha, better known as Khun Top.
Just as those who run this likeable club deserve huge credit for a period of unprecedented glory - an FA Cup, a Community Shield and two impressive European campaigns as well as the title - so they must take responsibility when things go wrong. There will be the inevitable review, of course, but those who conduct it must also be brave enough to look in the mirror.
Because where other clubs have acted, this trio have simply crossed their fingers. When Aston Villa found themselves in a tricky spot last autumn, they moved Steven Gerrard on and brought in Unai Emery. Next season they will play in the Europa Conference League.
Leicester no longer have the cachet to attract a boss with Emery’s pedigree but it had long been clear that Brendan Rodgers’ tenure was approaching its natural end. So why on Earth did Leicester wait until April 2 to dismiss him?
Leicester's relegation is the culmination of sheer carelessness and downright incompetence
The club's hierarchy, including chairman Aiyawatt Srivaddhanaprabha (second right), director of football Jon Rudkin and chief executive Susan Whelan have got serious questions to answer
Rodgers demanded a