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Allardyce urges Leicester fans to show Pearson loyalty

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Allardyce and Pearson worked together at Newcastle. Credit: PA

Leicester fans should show some "loyalty" and remember just where manager Nigel Pearson has taken the club, according to West Ham boss Sam Allardyce.

Pearson, whose side are three points adrift at the bottom of the Barclays Premier League table ahead of a trip to the fourth-placed Irons on Saturday, has accepted a Football Association charge of using insulting words towards a fan.

The Foxes boss had refused to apologise to the supporter despite a video emerging of the incident during his side's 3-1 home defeat to Liverpool on December 2.

Allardyce - himself the subject of boos from some of the West Ham faithful last season - believes Pearson should be commended for taking the east Midlands club back up to the top flight following a decade in the wilderness, which also included a spell in League One.

There is a turning point because what happens at football clubs, expectation grows, people think you are just going to be able to go in there and be successful from a period of great joy.

It is the fact that instead of watching your team win every week, it is a big adjustment for the fans when they find out it is not that easy any more.

I suppose the expectation was built even higher when they beat Manchester United 5-3 and of course the Leicester fans have not remembered where Nigel has taken the club from and to in a short period of time, so they should show him a bit more patience and a bit more loyalty.

– West Ham manager Sam Allardyce

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Leicester dismiss director of football Robinson

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Robinson has paid the price for Leicester's poor form. Credit: PA

Director of football Terry Robinson has left Leicester but manager Nigel Pearson retains the faith of the club despite a slump in results.

Press Association Sport understands the decision is based purely on footballing reasons and Robinson appears to have paid the price for an ineffective summer transfer window.

Of the 10 arrivals in the summer only three - Esteban Cambiasso, Danny Simpson and Ben Hamer - started Saturday's defeat to Manchester City, and Hamer was only in the side because of injury to Kasper Schmeichel.

Robinson was appointed by the Foxes in July 2013 with a remit to "to provide strategic input to the club's football operations at all levels, driving the consistent implementation of the club's football philosophy".

Leicester have not won since beating Manchester United on September 21 and have lost eight of the last nine matches as they plummetted to the bottom of the Premier League.

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Leicester searching for Schmeichel replacement

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Schmeichel will be sidelined for at least six weeks. Credit: PA

Leicester boss Nigel Pearson admits he faces a transfer rethink after Kasper Schmeichel's shock injury blow.

The goalkeeper was due to have surgery on a broken metatarsal on Friday after suffering the injury in training on Thursday.

Schmeichel will miss at least six weeks of the Foxes' survival fight - starting with Saturday's visit of Manchester City.

Yes, I would have thought so," he said, when asked if the injury affected his January plans. "If it's going to be four to six weeks at the earliest then I'll be considering options certainly.

"Do I need extra Premier League quality? The easy answer to that would be to say yes. I know funds will be made available but, as I've said many times before, it is not an easy window to operate in because most clubs want to retain their best players.

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Schmeichel out with broken metatarsal

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Kasper Schmeichel has been in good form of late. Credit: PA

Leicester goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel will miss four to six weeks with a broken metatarsal, manager Nigel Pearson has said.

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Konchesky appeal successful

Leicester full-back Paul Konchesky's red card against Aston Villa on Sunday has been rescinded.

The 33-year-old was dismissed by referee Craig Pawson following a clash with Villa defender Alan Hutton in the Foxes' 2-1 defeat at Villa Park.

A Football Association statement read: "Leicester City's Paul Konchesky, who was dismissed for violent conduct in the game against Aston Villa on December 7, 2014 will not serve a suspension after a claim of wrongful dismissal was upheld following an Independent Regulatory Commission hearing today."

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