Leicester City In The 21st Century: 2006/07
A new season saw a new home kit launched by Leicester City and manufacturers JJB, seeing a return to a pinstriped design, inspired by Foxes shirts adorned in the 1980s by the likes of Gary Lineker, Steve Lynex and Alan Smith.
Manager Rob Kelly secured a string of new signings ahead of the 2006/07 campaign too. In came Darren Kenton, Josh Low, Andrew Johnson and Gareth McAuley. More would follow over the course of the season.
Awaiting the curtain-raiser
Leicester's third successive season in the Championship loomed as Rob Kelly applied the finishing touches to his squad on limited budget.
Up and running
Two successive losses at the start of 2006/07 threatened to derail early-season optimism on Filbert Way, but goals from Paddy Kisnorbo, Stephen Hughes and Iain Hume gave the Foxes a much-needed 3-1 success over Ipswich Town on 12 August.
O'Neill visits Leicester
Former manager Martin O'Neill made his first competitive visit to Walkers Stadium for an enthralling League Cup encounter with Aston Villa on 24 October. Gabriel Agbonlahor scored in the final moments of extra-time to end Leicester's cup hopes in a 3-2 win for the visitors.
Eight games unbeaten
Rob Kelly's men hit a purple patch of form between mid-September and late October, winning three and drawing the rest of an eight-game unbeaten run. The last game, meanwhile, was a 2-1 success over Stoke City at Walkers Stadium in which Iain Hume and Stephen Hughes found the net for City.
Pockets of form
Following five losses in six games, City then won three in four in an irregular season. That later run began with a 2-1 triumph at Wolverhampton Wanderers, thanks to goals from Elvis Hammond and Levi Porter.
Reinforcements arrived during the January transfer window as Rob Kelly completed the loan signing of Geoff Horsfield, while Luigi Glombard, Mark Yeates, Shaun Newton and Danny Cadamarteri also arrived.
Mandarić completes his takeover
There was renewed hope in early 2007 as former Portsmouth chairman Milan Mandarić completed a takeover of Leicester City, promising to invest in the Club's playing squad. He would later watch on from the stands as the Foxes beat Coventry City 3-0 on Filbert Way, with new signing Geoff Horsfield on the scoresheet with a brace.
A promising start
That 3-0 victory against Coventry gave a glimpse of the future Milan Mandarić wanted to bring to Leicester and it was followed by a 1-0 success at Barnsley three days later.
A new man in charge
Eight games without a win, though, led to Rob Kelly leaving Leicester City with just five Championship games remaining. With Milan Mandarić keen to avoid a slide into relegation contention, former Norwich City manager Nigel Worthington was brought in on a short-term basis, but he would lose his first two games, against Norwich and Birmingham City.
A late dash for survival
It wasn't looking good for the Foxes when they visited Preston North End but Nils-Eric Johansson's close range effort gave Nigel Worthington and Leicester a precious three points. They followed it up with another one-goal success at Barnsley and survival was secured in time for a final-day defeat by Wolverhampton Wanderers at Walkers Stadium.
A decision is made
After the clash with Wolves, it became apparent that Milan Mandarić would look elsewhere for a new full-time manager. The search could now begin...