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FD: Steven Defour on "quiet" Kevin de Bruyne

Speaking ahead of Burnley's Premier League clash with Manchester City, Sean Dyche dismissed rumours he was interested in the Leicester City job, while Steven Defour spoke about Kevin de Bruyne.

FD: Steven Defour discusses Kevin de Bruyne

Speaking ahead of Burnley's Premier League clash with Manchester City, Sean Dyche dismissed rumours he was interested in the Leicester City job, while Steven Defour spoke about Kevin de Bruyne.

FD: Steven Defour on "quiet" Kevin de Bruyne

Speaking ahead of Burnley's Premier League clash with Manchester City, Sean Dyche dismissed rumours he was interested in the Leicester City job, while Steven Defour spoke about Kevin de Bruyne.

FD: Steven Defour on "quiet" Kevin de Bruyne

Speaking ahead of Burnley's Premier League clash with Manchester City, Sean Dyche dismissed rumours he was interested in the Leicester City job, while Steven Defour spoke about Kevin de Bruyne.

FD: Steven Defour on "quiet" Kevin de Bruyne

Speaking ahead of Burnley's Premier League clash with Manchester City, Sean Dyche dismissed rumours he was interested in the Leicester City job, while Steven Defour spoke about Kevin de Bruyne.

Leicester players 'cheesed off' at Craig Shakespeare's sacking and demand answers from board

Leicester’s owners are facing a backlash from angry players after the surprise dismissal of Craig Shakespeare. Michael Appleton, the assistant manager, revealed Leicester’s squad are “cheesed off” over Shakespeare’s departure and demanding answers about why the popular 53-year-old was given only eight Premier League games this season. Shakespeare was sacked after Monday’s 1-1 draw with West Bromwich Albion, four months after signing a three-year contract, and the decision has left many players shocked and furious. Leicester’s board are stepping up their search for a new manager - Burnley’s Sean Dyche is the early favourite - and Appleton will take caretaker charge for Saturday’s game at Swansea. Appleton held a meeting with players on Thursday morning and has admitted many of the squad are struggling to comprehend why Shakespeare was axed so early into the campaign. Leicester's players are struggling to understand why Craig Shakespeare was sacked on Tuesday Credit: Plumb Images/Leicester City FC via Getty Images “Obviously the meeting before we went out to training was a little bit raw,” he said. “People were disappointed and wanted questions answering but I’m not the person for that. Did we have any indication we were under pressure? No. I didn’t release Craig and I’m not sure of the reasons why. “He was highly respected by the players and staff, the initial feeling was one of surprise [when he was sacked]. The biggest thing for me is how we deal with it. “We changed the format of training to make sure we didn’t give the players an opportunity to feel sorry for themselves.  Talking tactics: What Leicester did differently last season 02:08 “Coming off the pitch, from lads who were a little bit cheesed off and a bit down in the dumps in the meeting, they actually came off with smiles on their faces because they enjoyed the session.” Leicester secured six wins in a row under Shakespeare when Claudio Ranieri was controversially dismissed in February and Appleton is expecting a response this weekend. With the club in the bottom three after just one league win this season, Appleton believes the anger over Shakespeare’s exit can be used as a positive. “If what's happened over the last couple of days is the motivation they need to get the three points, great. Whether it's personal, the team or the fact that they feel that Craig was hard done by, so be it," he said. “I'm sure there is a sense of responsibility. But the feeling within the camp is that there wasn't that much wrong, so it's hard to pinpoint responsibility on a group of players when the atmosphere and the feeling within the group was actually a positive one, or certainly moving in the right direction.” Dyche is thought to figure on Leicester’s shortlist as a potential replacement for Shakespeare and he attempted to play down the link on Thursday. The Burnley manager has a £2.5m release clause in his contract and was targeted by Crystal Palace in the summer before the appointment of Frank de Boer. Dyche said: “You’re flattered by it. It’s some form of recognition of the work done by the players, staff and by myself at the club. “We get it every year with players, and when your players are recognised like that, it’s healthy - it shows the club is working, the players are doing well and we have had some form of success, relative to us as a club. “There’s nothing in my consideration other than Manchester City this weekend.”

Leicester players 'cheesed off' at Craig Shakespeare's sacking and demand answers from board

Leicester’s owners are facing a backlash from angry players after the surprise dismissal of Craig Shakespeare. Michael Appleton, the assistant manager, revealed Leicester’s squad are “cheesed off” over Shakespeare’s departure and demanding answers about why the popular 53-year-old was given only eight Premier League games this season. Shakespeare was sacked after Monday’s 1-1 draw with West Bromwich Albion, four months after signing a three-year contract, and the decision has left many players shocked and furious. Leicester’s board are stepping up their search for a new manager - Burnley’s Sean Dyche is the early favourite - and Appleton will take caretaker charge for Saturday’s game at Swansea. Appleton held a meeting with players on Thursday morning and has admitted many of the squad are struggling to comprehend why Shakespeare was axed so early into the campaign. Leicester's players are struggling to understand why Craig Shakespeare was sacked on Tuesday Credit: Plumb Images/Leicester City FC via Getty Images “Obviously the meeting before we went out to training was a little bit raw,” he said. “People were disappointed and wanted questions answering but I’m not the person for that. Did we have any indication we were under pressure? No. I didn’t release Craig and I’m not sure of the reasons why. “He was highly respected by the players and staff, the initial feeling was one of surprise [when he was sacked]. The biggest thing for me is how we deal with it. “We changed the format of training to make sure we didn’t give the players an opportunity to feel sorry for themselves.  Talking tactics: What Leicester did differently last season 02:08 “Coming off the pitch, from lads who were a little bit cheesed off and a bit down in the dumps in the meeting, they actually came off with smiles on their faces because they enjoyed the session.” Leicester secured six wins in a row under Shakespeare when Claudio Ranieri was controversially dismissed in February and Appleton is expecting a response this weekend. With the club in the bottom three after just one league win this season, Appleton believes the anger over Shakespeare’s exit can be used as a positive. “If what's happened over the last couple of days is the motivation they need to get the three points, great. Whether it's personal, the team or the fact that they feel that Craig was hard done by, so be it," he said. “I'm sure there is a sense of responsibility. But the feeling within the camp is that there wasn't that much wrong, so it's hard to pinpoint responsibility on a group of players when the atmosphere and the feeling within the group was actually a positive one, or certainly moving in the right direction.” Dyche is thought to figure on Leicester’s shortlist as a potential replacement for Shakespeare and he attempted to play down the link on Thursday. The Burnley manager has a £2.5m release clause in his contract and was targeted by Crystal Palace in the summer before the appointment of Frank de Boer. Dyche said: “You’re flattered by it. It’s some form of recognition of the work done by the players, staff and by myself at the club. “We get it every year with players, and when your players are recognised like that, it’s healthy - it shows the club is working, the players are doing well and we have had some form of success, relative to us as a club. “There’s nothing in my consideration other than Manchester City this weekend.”

West Ham manager Slaven Bilic forced to deny discipline problem at club

Slaven Bilic has denied there is a lack of discipline at West Ham. The manager will be without Andy Carroll against Brighton on Friday night after the striker’s red card, for two elbowing offences in just over two minutes, during the draw at Burnley last Saturday. New signing Marko Arnautovic was also sent off at Southampton earlier this season and West Ham players have been shown 12 red cards since Bilic took over in 2015, but the Croatian insisted: “Is there a lack of discipline? I don’t think so. “None of these red cards were from a typical lack of discipline. ­Nobody headbutted anyone. Andy’s one, two yellows, was basically stupid. But many of the red cards we appealed and they were ruled out – three or four, or even five, were completely big mistakes from the referees. I don’t remember one that I would connect with lack of discipline and letting the team down.” Speculation over Bilic’s future has eased in recent weeks, but he knows a poor result at home to Brighton will bring the pressure back. “It’s calm at the moment but it can change tomorrow night,” he added. “We are still there and there are five teams on eight points. Whoever gets three points tomorrow, or after the weekend, is going have a calm week. But then you have those hurricanes, there’s no point trying to think about that. “You have no time and no need to concentrate on those things. You concentrate on what you can effect, and then you can influence the pressure. You can ease the pressure with a new game but to talk about long-term stability you need a good run, five, six, seven or eight games, that’s the rule for every manager.” As well as Carroll, Bilic will be without Diafra Sakho, who has a minor back injury, but Javier Hernandez is expected to be fit despite a hamstring problem.

Premier League - Burnley vs West Ham United

Soccer Football - Premier League - Burnley vs West Ham United - Turf Moor, Burnley, Britain - October 14, 2017 West Ham Unite's Javier Hernandez reacts while West Ham United manager Slaven Bilic looks on Action Images via Reuters/Lee Smith

Premier League - Burnley vs West Ham United

Soccer Football - Premier League - Burnley vs West Ham United - Turf Moor, Burnley, Britain - October 14, 2017 Burnley manager Sean Dyche Action Images via Reuters/Lee Smith

Steven Defour on Kevin de Bruyne's personality

Burnley's Belgian midfielder opens up on the personality of Manchester City's star man, Kevin de Bruyne.

Steven Defour on Kevin de Bruyne's personality

Burnley's Belgian midfielder opens up on the personality of Manchester City's star man, Kevin de Bruyne.

Steven Defour on Kevin de Bruyne's personality

Burnley's Belgian midfielder opens up on the personality of Manchester City's star man, Kevin de Bruyne.

Steven Defour on Kevin de Bruyne's personality

Burnley's Belgian midfielder opens up on the personality of Manchester City's star man, Kevin de Bruyne.

Steven Defour hopes for Burnley rearguard action against Man City

Burnley and Belgium midfielder Steven Defour hopes Burnley can show their strength away from home once again as they take on league leaders Manchester City at the weekend.

Steven Defour hopes for Burnley rearguard action against Man City

Burnley and Belgium midfielder Steven Defour hopes Burnley can show their strength away from home once again as they take on league leaders Manchester City at the weekend.

Steven Defour hopes for Burnley rearguard action against Man City

Burnley and Belgium midfielder Steven Defour hopes Burnley can show their strength away from home once again as they take on league leaders Manchester City at the weekend.

Steven Defour hopes for Burnley rearguard action against Man City

Burnley and Belgium midfielder Steven Defour hopes Burnley can show their strength away from home once again as they take on league leaders Manchester City at the weekend.

Premier League - Everton vs Burnley

Soccer Football - Premier League - Everton vs Burnley - Goodison Park, Liverpool, Britain - October 1, 2017 Everton's Leighton Baines is shown a yellow card by referee Jon Moss Action Images via Reuters/Jason Cairnduff

Sean Dyche rebuffs interest in Leicester City job

Burnley manager Sean Dyche has rubbished rumours that he's been approached to take over as manager of Leicester City.

Sean Dyche rebuffs interest in Leicester City job

Burnley manager Sean Dyche has rubbished rumours that he's been approached to take over as manager of Leicester City.

Sean Dyche rebuffs interest in Leicester City job

Burnley manager Sean Dyche has rubbished rumours that he's been approached to take over as manager of Leicester City.

Sean Dyche rebuffs interest in Leicester City job

Burnley manager Sean Dyche has rubbished rumours that he's been approached to take over as manager of Leicester City.

Premier League decides against staging fixtures on Christmas Eve

The Premier League will stage no games on Christmas Eve this year after plans for Arsenal to play Liverpool at the Emirates Stadium as a Sky Sports ‘Super Sunday’ 4pm kick-off were aborted amid a backlash from supporters. The match will instead now take place on Friday Dec 22 at 7.45pm, with Sky also showing the matches between Everton and Chelsea at 12.30pm on Saturday Dec 23 and then Leicester City v Manchester United later that day at 7.45pm. The idea to move to the game to a primetime Friday night was revealed on Tuesday by Telegraph Sport and, with Arsenal having been concerned at whether they would have sufficient stewarding on Christmas Eve, both clubs have agreed the switch. From a sporting perspective, it gives them slightly more recovery time over the festive period although Arsenal will also have a League Cup quarter-final on either the Tuesday or Wednesday before Christmas should they beat Norwich City at home next Tuesday. Liverpool fans do also still face the difficulty of getting back to Merseyside late on a Friday night. BT Sport broadcast a game at 5.30pm on a Saturday and were consulted on Sky moving their usual Sunday games back to Friday and Saturday but were happy for the change to be made. Despite the inconvenience for fans and staff of the affected clubs, Sky could have expected big broadcast figures on Christmas Eve, especially if a later kick-off time had been agreed. Sky Sports had originally planned on broadcasting the Arsenal vs Liverpool game on Christmas Eve Credit: Bloomberg As it is, they will be putting the Leicester City v Manchester United game up against primetime Saturday television. The BT game at 5.30pm on Dec 23 is Burnley v Tottenham Hotspur. The Arsenal Supporters’ Trust had been lobbying on behalf of fans over the Christmas Eve plans, with a survey showing that 99 per cent did not want the game played at 4pm on that day and almost half would not attend.  As part of the Premier League’s £5.135 billion broadcast deal, Sky owns the rights to three matches each weekend; usually two on a Sunday and one on a Saturday. Christmas Eve fell previously on a Sunday in 2006 and 2000 but Sky had exclusive domestic rights and so could happily move their televised fixtures to the Saturday. The situation will not again arise on a Sunday until 2023. Liverpool and Arsenal are obliged to make every effort to meet the requirements of broadcasters; and clubs receive additional payments of more than £1 million for each televised game.

Premier League decides against staging fixtures on Christmas Eve

The Premier League will stage no games on Christmas Eve this year after plans for Arsenal to play Liverpool at the Emirates Stadium as a Sky Sports ‘Super Sunday’ 4pm kick-off were aborted amid a backlash from supporters. The match will instead now take place on Friday Dec 22 at 7.45pm, with Sky also showing the matches between Everton and Chelsea at 12.30pm on Saturday Dec 23 and then Leicester City v Manchester United later that day at 7.45pm. The idea to move to the game to a primetime Friday night was revealed on Tuesday by Telegraph Sport and, with Arsenal having been concerned at whether they would have sufficient stewarding on Christmas Eve, both clubs have agreed the switch. From a sporting perspective, it gives them slightly more recovery time over the festive period although Arsenal will also have a League Cup quarter-final on either the Tuesday or Wednesday before Christmas should they beat Norwich City at home next Tuesday. Liverpool fans do also still face the difficulty of getting back to Merseyside late on a Friday night. BT Sport broadcast a game at 5.30pm on a Saturday and were consulted on Sky moving their usual Sunday games back to Friday and Saturday but were happy for the change to be made. Despite the inconvenience for fans and staff of the affected clubs, Sky could have expected big broadcast figures on Christmas Eve, especially if a later kick-off time had been agreed. Sky Sports had originally planned on broadcasting the Arsenal vs Liverpool game on Christmas Eve Credit: Bloomberg As it is, they will be putting the Leicester City v Manchester United game up against primetime Saturday television. The BT game at 5.30pm on Dec 23 is Burnley v Tottenham Hotspur. The Arsenal Supporters’ Trust had been lobbying on behalf of fans over the Christmas Eve plans, with a survey showing that 99 per cent did not want the game played at 4pm on that day and almost half would not attend.  As part of the Premier League’s £5.135 billion broadcast deal, Sky owns the rights to three matches each weekend; usually two on a Sunday and one on a Saturday. Christmas Eve fell previously on a Sunday in 2006 and 2000 but Sky had exclusive domestic rights and so could happily move their televised fixtures to the Saturday. The situation will not again arise on a Sunday until 2023. Liverpool and Arsenal are obliged to make every effort to meet the requirements of broadcasters; and clubs receive additional payments of more than £1 million for each televised game.

Sean Dyche looks ahead to facing in-form Man City

Burnley manager Sean Dyche looks ahead to facing Premier League leaders Manchester City over the weekend.

Sean Dyche looks ahead to facing in-form Man City

Burnley manager Sean Dyche looks ahead to facing Premier League leaders Manchester City over the weekend.

Sean Dyche looks ahead to facing in-form Man City

Burnley manager Sean Dyche looks ahead to facing Premier League leaders Manchester City over the weekend.

Sean Dyche looks ahead to facing in-form Man City

Burnley manager Sean Dyche looks ahead to facing Premier League leaders Manchester City over the weekend.

Dyche not aware of any approach amid Leicester speculation

A fine start to 2017-18 with Burnley has seen Sean Dyche linked with the vacant Leicester City job - talk the man himself has shrugged off.

Man City Team News: Injuries, suspensions and line-up vs Burnley

Everything you need to know ahead of the Premier League clash at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday afternoon

Man City Team News: Injuries, suspensions and line-up vs Burnley

Everything you need to know ahead of the Premier League clash at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday afternoon

Man City Team News: Injuries, suspensions and line-up vs Burnley

Everything you need to know ahead of the Premier League clash at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday afternoon

Man City Team News: Injuries, suspensions and line-up vs Burnley

Everything you need to know ahead of the Premier League clash at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday afternoon

Man City Team News: Injuries, suspensions and line-up vs Burnley

Everything you need to know ahead of the Premier League clash at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday afternoon

Man City Team News: Injuries, suspensions and line-up vs Burnley

Everything you need to know ahead of the Premier League clash at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday afternoon

Man City Team News: Injuries, suspensions and line-up vs Burnley

Everything you need to know ahead of the Premier League clash at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday afternoon

Man City Team News: Injuries, suspensions and line-up vs Burnley

Everything you need to know ahead of the Premier League clash at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday afternoon

Leicester consider Sean Dyche approach while Carlo Ancelotti remains an option

Leicester City are weighing up an official approach for Burnley manager Sean Dyche after drawing up an ambitious list of targets. Dyche is understood to have been identified as a potential contender when the club’s board held talks on Wednesday following the dismissal of Craig Shakespeare. Chairman and vice-chairman, Vichai and Aiyawatt Srivaddhanaprabha, are in Thailand on business and discussed the managerial shortlist in a conference call with Jon Rudkin, the director of football. Though other possible candidates, including Sam Allardyce and Thomas Tuchel, have appeared to rule themselves out, Leicester are determined to make a high-quality appointment and have not dismissed an audacious approach for Carlo Ancelotti. Dyche also figures highly in their thoughts, as Premier League experience is viewed as crucial, and Leicester are considering a move in the next few days. Dyche signed a contract towards the end of last season which has set his buy-out clause at £2.5 million. Could Leicester make an ambitious approach for Carlo Ancelotti? Credit: AFP Leicester are keen for the next manager to instill a sense of discipline. There are fears that many senior players have too much influence around the training ground. Chris Coleman, the Wales manager, is in line for talks with the Welsh Football Association over a new deal soon and is not thought to be under consideration, while former Leicester manager Nigel Pearson is not in the running. Leicester aim to make an appointment before the home game against Everton a week on Sunday. Shakespeare’s assistant, Michael Appleton, who signed a three-year contract in June, will take charge of the game against Swansea on Saturday and the EFL Cup tie at home to Leeds on Tuesday.

Leicester consider Sean Dyche approach while Carlo Ancelotti remains an option

Leicester City are weighing up an official approach for Burnley manager Sean Dyche after drawing up an ambitious list of targets. Dyche is understood to have been identified as a potential contender when the club’s board held talks on Wednesday following the dismissal of Craig Shakespeare. Chairman and vice-chairman, Vichai and Aiyawatt Srivaddhanaprabha, are in Thailand on business and discussed the managerial shortlist in a conference call with Jon Rudkin, the director of football. Though other possible candidates, including Sam Allardyce and Thomas Tuchel, have appeared to rule themselves out, Leicester are determined to make a high-quality appointment and have not dismissed an audacious approach for Carlo Ancelotti. Dyche also figures highly in their thoughts, as Premier League experience is viewed as crucial, and Leicester are considering a move in the next few days. Dyche signed a contract towards the end of last season which has set his buy-out clause at £2.5 million. Could Leicester make an ambitious approach for Carlo Ancelotti? Credit: AFP Leicester are keen for the next manager to instill a sense of discipline. There are fears that many senior players have too much influence around the training ground. Chris Coleman, the Wales manager, is in line for talks with the Welsh Football Association over a new deal soon and is not thought to be under consideration, while former Leicester manager Nigel Pearson is not in the running. Leicester aim to make an appointment before the home game against Everton a week on Sunday. Shakespeare’s assistant, Michael Appleton, who signed a three-year contract in June, will take charge of the game against Swansea on Saturday and the EFL Cup tie at home to Leeds on Tuesday.

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