Scowie backs Taylor
PUBLISHED: 19:00 06 September 2001 | UPDATED: 10:29 03 March 2010
JAMES Scowcroft, who makes his home debut for troubled Leicester against old club Ipswich on Saturday in a match that could be make or break for manager Peter Taylor, said today: "The boss has been let down and it's got to be put right.
JAMES Scowcroft, who makes his home debut for troubled Leicester against old club Ipswich on Saturday in a match that could be make or break for manager Peter Taylor, said today: "The boss has been let down and it's got to be put right."
Taylor, who bought attacker Scowcroft from Portman Road last month for £3.5 million, is under fire from Foxes fans after a disastrous start, a 5-0 home defeat to Bolton followed by a 4-0 loss at Arsenal.
Scowcroft, a one-time Blues player of the year who made his debut at Highbury after missing the Bolton debacle with injury, said: "I'm sure Peter Taylor can go on to enjoy many more years at this club. A good result is badly needed on Saturday and we all know it."
Ex-England Under 21 man Scowcroft, 25, continued: "It's amazing that my first home game for Leicester is against an Ipswich club I joined straight from school. But that's football and it will be even stranger to play at Portman Road on Boxing Day.
"At the moment it's seems a game that is so different and so special for me, but when that whistle blows at 3 o'clock on Saturday it will be just another match.
"I've had a lot of letters from Ipswich fans and that was really nice. Hopefully they will give me a good reception. I'm a Suffolk lad, born and bred and the club will always be close to my heart."
Scowcroft decided to make the Leicester move as he felt it would be better for regular first team football.
Taylor, whose side dropped like a stone down the Premiership table over the closing stages of last season, coached Scowcroft in the young England side.
When he signed him he described his new recruit as: "One of the best players I ever worked with at Under-21 level."
Taylor desperately needs a quick return from his investment and his new man says: "Peter has had a big act to follow at Leicester, coming after Martin O'Neill. We've got to get on with the job and keep believing in ourselves. This is a bit of a transitional period really. New players are settling in and there is the prospect of a move to a new 30,000 all-seater stadium next year, but at the moment the pressure is on and we have to respond to it."
Town boss George Burley said: "It was one of those things that James left. I didn't really want him to go, but he wanted a fresh start and the price was right. It's been that scenario with many players down the years. I'm sure he'll do well for Leicester."
Burley, whose side have lost two and won one of their three matches this season, added: "Leicester have a good squad with many international players in it. We know we face a very hard game. There is no easy game in the Premiership."
Town have central defender John McGreal and striker Alun Armstrong back in contention after coming through last night's home reserve draw with Fulham following injury.
Titus Bramble should be fit after an ankle injury, but Fabian Wilnis is again ruled out with hamstring trouble. Tommy Miller missed the reserve game because of a foot injury and may not make the squad.
Leicester will have Dean Sturridge and Matt Elliott back from injury and new keeper Ian Walker, signed from Tottenham, is set to start his first game in goal after suspension in place of Tim Flowers.
Dennis Wise is suspended. Gary Rowett remains out with a cartilage injury and Muzzy Izzett and Callum Davidson are new injury doubts.