Smith cancels his day off in Leicester as relegation pressure increases
Dean Smith has issued an ultimatum to his relegation-threatened Leicester squad by canceling their day off this week.
Leicester players were supposed to take a rest day on Tuesday, but Smith canceled that plan after Monday’s 5-3 loss against Fulham brought them closer to relegation.
The Foxes are third bottom of the Premier League and sit two points from safety with three games left.
Smith chaired a meeting a Leicester’s training base instead of the day off and he believes they took his message on board ahead of Monday’s crucial clash with Liverpool.
“It was due to be a day off but I don’t like things lingering. We came in and sorted it. I thought it went well, the proof will be on Monday.” stated Smith.
“I’ve always been brought up in this game that you can’t change what’s happened, what you can do is learn from it and correct it and move on quickly.”
Former Aston Villa and Norwich City manager Smith has battled to take Leicester out of relegation danger since taking over for the dismissed Brendan Rodgers in April.
The 2016 Premier League champions have gone three games without a win, edging closer to the second division.
” There’s no point us worrying about the Fulham game for two or three more days. I wanted to put it to bed.” Smith said
“ It was a case of making sure we got that out there very quickly and spoke to the players and then we could move on from there”.
“ I did the talking and told them what I expected in certain situations of the Fulham game, what we needed to do better and what we will do better moving forward.”