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We're Even Closer after Trouble at la Manga, Claims Les

Daily Mail (London), March 20, 2004 | Go to article overview

We're Even Closer after Trouble at la Manga, Claims Les


Byline: CHRIS MOORE

LES Ferdinand has plied his trade at the highest level, but it is in the basement of the Premiership with Leicester City that he has found himself part of the closest-knit dressing room of his career.

The former England, Newcastle and Tottenham striker said: 'I can honestly say that the bond between the players here is like nothing else I ' ve ever experienced - and that includes playing for England.' It is the 'tightness and togetherness' of the squad, 'galvanised' by Spanish police charges of rape against three of their squad, which convince Ferdinand that Leicester could yet win their Premiership survival fight.

'Footballers are pretty resilient characters and can generally overcome most things,' said Ferdinand. 'There have been a lot of people out there baying for our blood over the last two weeks.

'But there's a very special bond between the players here at Leicester which is stronger than anything I've ever known before, and it's enabled us to close ranks and stick together.

'We've been a very tight-knit unit from the start of the season, and what's happened since we went to La Manga has made everyone even more determined.

'The manager has dubbed us "Micky's Misfits" because we're all seen as other clubs' cast-offs.

But right from the start everybody's got on with each other and there's never been any ill-feeling.

'That's a credit to the manager and players. Outside Leicestershire we realise that the rest of the world couldn't care less whether we're in the Premiership or not. Other fans expect us to get beat every week, but that's never the way we see it in our dressing room.

'No-one thought we could go to St Andrew's last Saturday and beat an inform Birmingham City after all we'd been through. But the players believed we could because we go into every game thinking we can get something out of it - no matter what other people say - and it will be just the same against Everton today.' Nobody will be under the spotlight at the Walkers Stadium this afternoon more than Paul Dickov, one of the 'La Manga Three'.

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