Gary Lineker backing Leicester City for a Premier return
Gary Lineker hopes his beloved Leicester City can continue their recent fine form and march back into the Premier League.
City went into the international break sitting nicely in second place in the Championship following an impressive run of five wins on the bounce.
They were even top of the table, albeit for just a few hours, following the 2-0 victory against Bristol City, prompting Match of the Day presenter Lineker to tweet: "Great to see Leicester at the top of the Championship. Be even better to see them back in the Premier League."
The former City striker scored 95 goals in 187 appearances for the club between 1978 to 1985 at the start of his illustrious career at Filbert Street.
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Speaking to the Mercury at the launch of his new book, Football: It's Unbelievable, Lineker said he thinks City are playing some really good football.
"I know it's still early days, but you do need to be up there early," he said. "They are playing with confidence and that is so important.
"The Championship is a division where you don't need to do too much extra as most of the teams are a much of a muchness.
"Leicester seem to have ironed out their defensive errors from earlier in the season and are playing some very good football, and long may it continue. It would be brilliant to have Leicester City back in the Premier League."
Despite City's run of results, it did not stop speculation over Nigel Pearson's position as manager, with rumours linking Harry Redknapp to the job.
Lineker said he found the speculation surprising.
"Pearson did a very good job at City first time round," he said.
"It's no good being impatient but, sadly, a lot of football supporters are.
"He came back from Hull to a Leicester side that had spent a lot of money on players and many of them were not performing.
"It was always going to take a lot of time for it to settle and become his side again.
"But he has been given time and it has proven to be the right decision."
Lineker also paid tribute to Pearson's scouting team who, he said, have shown they can find some really good players, such as Anthony Knockaert.
The young Frenchman was unearthed in the second division of French football, and has thrilled City fans with his combination of unpredictability, step-overs and a couple of wonder-goals.
"He looks very exciting," said Lineker.
"I have seen only a couple of games on television and even from that he looks very lively and a constant threat – he has been terrific."
Lineker added: "I saw his two goals against Huddersfield and they were something quite special."
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