The Birch Edition: Let's get behind Nigel and the lads, says Leicester City legend Alan Birchenall
Leicester City legend Alan Birchenall has issued a rallying cry to all City fans to get right behind Nigel Pearson and his side for their final push for promotion.
City's challenge has faltered in recent weeks with just one win in their last nine games.
But the Birch, who spent the day yesterday as special guest editor of the Mercury, has urged the Blue Army to stick with Pearson's men and help get their promotion push back on track.
"It has been at least 10 years since I have done anything like this, but, bearing in mind recent events, I wanted to take this opportunity, as we come into the last eight games of the season, to urge all City fans to really get behind Nigel and the boys for this final push," he said.
Business Cards From Only £10.95 Delivered www.myprint-247.co.ukView details
Contact: 01858 468192
Valid until: Wednesday, May 22 2013
"Up until this recent poor run, we were regarded as one of the best sides in the division. Now it is pretty obvious we are a side lacking confidence.
"I have been in situations like this and, as quick as the confidence goes, it can come back. I know a lot of you reading this will be saying it is about time it came back, but it will.
"All City fans know deep down that this is a good City side that Nigel has put together over the last 18 months.
"As we speak, we are in joint sixth place, although it is on goal difference, which is precarious. That is why we need everyone to give the boys their support.
"I know from the past that the fans can and do make a difference. I know from being in the dressing room, playing and being on the side-lines over the last 40 years.
"To quote JFK, in a fashion, 'don't ask what the club can do for you, ask what you can do for your club'.
"City fans have always supported their club but for these last eight games now is the time to crank it up a notch, because there is a great opportunity to achieve what we all want with your backing.
"We can do it if we all stick together."
Reporting by Rob Tanner
• This article was written as part of "The Birch Edition". Leicester City legend Alan Birchenall Mercury editor for the day and made all the big decisions for the next day's paper.