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Former Leicester hero Lewis Moody says there needs to be change at Tigers. Sometimes they’ll include recommendations for other related newsletters or services we offer. OurPrivacy Noticeexplains more about how we use your data, and your rights. You can unsubscribe at any time.Thank you for subscribingWe have more newslettersShow meSee ourprivacy noticeThings need to get worse before they get better for Leicester Tigers if they are to compete with the elite once again, according to club legend Lewis Moody.An up and down campaign saw Leicester miss out on the Premiership play offs for the first time since 2004 this year, finishing in fifth position behind Newcastle Falcons.But despite being a constant presence in the top four for more than a decade, Moody believes the East Midlands side’s fall from grace has been a long time coming.And former flanker Moody is not confident his old side will bounce back next season, suggesting drastic changes need to take place for the Tigers to roar again.Read MoreSeven Leicester Tigers prospects are ready for under 20 world cup challenge”I think Leicester need the wheels to fall off, I don’t think they’ve fallen off enough almost, because they are happy still papering over the cracks,” said the World Cup winner.”They have got some really wonderful coaches there, Geordan Murphy is a great young coach and I think many people would like to see the reins handed over to him.”I think he has a feel for the club and where it’s come from, where he wants to take it and he has very different coaching approach to those who have been there recently.”But I think really for change to happen they need the wheels to come off completely and at the moment, maybe missing out on the top four is not enough of a collapse to change.Geordan Murphy is a young coach says Lewis Moody. Picture Ben Hoskins/Getty Images”Leicester will always be there or thereabouts because they are a tough, uncompromising side that has a relentless work ethic and you’ve got the likes of Tom Youngs, who’s heart and soul of the club and epitomises everything that team is about.”You’ve then got behind him Ben Youngs, Dan Cole and a handful of other senior players who really know what it’s like to play for Leicester, but I don’t think they have the quality around those guys to deliver the goods.”Leicester won nine trophies in ten years from 1993 to 2002 and Moody was part of the Tigers side which lifted the Premiership title in 2008/09 and 2009/10.While he has seen promising signs from the club’s academy and highly rates coach Geordan Murphy, Moody, who made more than 200 appearances for Tigers, wants his old club to return to the formula that made them such a success in the late ’90s, early 2000s.”The recruitment policy over the last ten years has not been what it should be, and although the academy is turning a corner at Leicester now, it will take years to see the rewards,” added Moody, speaking at this season’s Premiership Rugby Final where he met hundreds of youngsters from the national grassroots rugby initiative, the Land Rover Premiership Rugby Cup.”Ultimately, they need to get back to the model that Exeter have defined themselves on and that’s bringing home grown talent through that has a relentless work ethic and understands the values of the club and what it takes at this level.

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BRAGA, PORTUGAL JANUARY 22: Edmond Tapsoba of Vitoria Guimaraes SC in action during the Taca da Liga Allianz CUP semifinal match between Vitoria SC and FC Porto at Estadio Municipal de Braga on January 22, 2020 in Braga, Portugal. (Photo by Quality Images/Getty Images)Sign up to FREE email alerts from LeicestershireLive Weekday Leicester City FCSubscribeWhen you subscribe we will use the information you provide to send you these newsletters. Sometimes they’ll include recommendations for other related newsletters or services we offer. OurPrivacy Noticeexplains more about how we use your data, and your rights. You can unsubscribe at any time.Thank you for subscribingWe have more newslettersShow meSee ourprivacy noticeLeicester City could be set to bring in some defensive cover.According to Portuguese reports, both Leicester City and Wolverhampton Wanderers are interested in signing defender Edmond Tapsoba from Vitria Guimares.O Jogo states that Bayer Leverkusen are also involved in a bidding war. The German side have reportedly made an 18 million offer for the defender. The paper goes on to report that Leicester and Wolves have raised their offers to 20 million.The 20 year old has made 16 appearances in Primeira Liga and has scored four goals this season.Read MoreWho is Edmond Tapsoba? Scouting report on defender linked with Leicester CityBrendan Rodgers has noted the need for a new defender at the club and raised this when asked about a potential departure for young Foxes defender Filip Benkovic.”Only if we brought one (centre back) in,” said Rodgers when questioned about a Benkovic transfer.”That would give him (Benkovic) the opportunity to go and get the games he needs. If we don’t, we will need the cover.”It looks as though Leicester have found just that.allMost ReadMost RecentLeicester City FCNew Leicester City training ground drone footage shows 100m complex taking shapeWork has continued at the 185 acre site in Seagrave during the pandemic, with the Leicester City squad scheduled to move into the new facility ahead of next seasonLeicester City’s potential Champions League campaign given start dateLeicester City FCUefa president Aleksander Ceferin has been discussing next season’s Champions League campaign, which Brendan Rodgers’ third placed side are on course to qualify forLeicester City star linked with surprise 50m move to BarcelonaLeicester City FCLeicester City transfer news: Defender has also been linked with Real Madrid, Chelsea and Bayern Munich while Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City have been mentioned previouslyWhat happened to the 17 players to leave Leicester City under Brendan RodgersLeicester City FCA look at what became of the 17 first team and under 23s players that left the club last summer during Brendan Rodgers’ first transfer window at the King Power StadiumLeicester City’s sister club make promotion plea as mayor slams ‘outrageously irresponsible’ verdictLeicester City FCOH Leuven will have to find a way to play their promotion play off second leg before August 7 or they will be denied the opportunity to move up to Belgium’s top flight

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