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Friday 9 December 2016

'Champions Leicester have taken away fear factor that big guns used to possess'

Leicester City manager Claudio Ranieri and captain Wes Morgan parade the Premier
League trophy around the city on Monday (Reuters)
Leicester City manager Claudio Ranieri and captain Wes Morgan parade the Premier League trophy around the city on Monday (Reuters)

Leicester City have removed the fear factor from the Premier League, according to Niall Quinn.

And the ex-Manchester City striker believes that his former club Manchester City made a big error in announcing the hiring of Pep Guardiola in mid-season.

"What Leicester have done is have taken the big money superstar out of the front line and they've brought, heart, courage, commitment, team spirit into play. So I think all football clubs in the Premier League can take heart from that," Quinn said in Dublin yesterday while promoting the Dublin Bus Community Spirit Awards.

"Everybody can now put team spirit, commitment and that courage you need to believe in things, all that comes into play and it opens it up.

"Nobody will be afraid of going to Old Trafford like they used to, nobody will be afraid of going to Man City like they used to, Chelsea: it's not one you dread any more and no matter who they sign, Leicester have shown that isn't as important as it used to be.

"But there are some other good stories that were totally overshadowed, Bournemouth is an incredible story, Watford too."

Quinn, who had to make big calls in his time as Sunderland chairman, feels that City got it badly wrong by announcing Guardiola's arrival. "It destabilised everything he was trying to do and their dressing room dropped and became flat. The courage and commitment of Leicester was sadly lacking in what was supposed to be the better squad that Manchester City had," Quinn rues.

"They had what I believe was an outstanding chance of winning the Premier League with Chelsea and Man United out of it so there wasn't that much around them.

"I felt sorry for Pellegrini, especially the last home game, a man who won the club the league. I know what it was like up there in the Kippax. If you got a result against Manchester United once a year, you were a king if you scored a goal in that game, but now it's different.

"If you don't win a league title they (fans) don't stay behind to say goodbye to you. Football is different these days."

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