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Monday, 1 October, 2001, 11:55 GMT 12:55 UK
Who's next for the Foxes hot-seat?
George Graham
Graham would not stand for any indiscipline
Peter Taylor's sacking at Leicester has opened the door to a host of potential successors.

BBC Sport Online's Andrew Warshaw takes a look at those who could be in the frame to move into the manager's seat at Filbert Street.

Harry Redknapp

Currently director of football at Portsmouth, Redknapp has already been installed as favourite.

Leicester have had a reputation for going for up-and-coming managers.

But they may, this time, opt for experience with such need for stability - chairman John Elsom has hinted as much.

Redknapp was forced to give way to Glenn Roeder after seven years at West Ham and has made no secret of his desire to return to top-flight management.

Although he lives on the south coast, travelling to the Midlands wouldn't bother the former Hammers boss.

Harry Redknapp
Redknapp: Bored by his role at Pompey?
He regularly used to drive up from his Poole home to take charge at Upton Park.

Redknapp has already missed out on one Premiership job, the manager's seat at Southampton instead being filled by Stuart Gray.

No-one knows how close Redknapp was to moving to the Saints but he would jump at the chance to rescue Leicester from their current plight.

Not least because of the similarities between the Hammers and the Foxes.

Both are mid-range clubs with limited resources a but a solid fan base.

Having led West Ham to a top-ten finish three years out of the last four, Redknapp would relish the chance to do the same at Leicester.


George Graham

Graham has been out of football since being sacked by Tottenham at the end of last season.

He may not be the most popular choice with Leicester fans after leading Spurs to victory over the Foxes in a tempestuous Worthington Cup final a few years ago.

But his experience would be a vital asset and his track record as manager of Arsenal and Leeds must be an enticing prospect for Elsom.

Graham has been criticised in some quarters for being out of touch with modern football.

But few English managers have enjoyed as much success and he is still hugely ambitious to prove his worth in the Premiership.

If he gets the job, Graham will again link up with Ian Walker, the goalkeeper he dropped when at Spurs.

More importantly, however, he would restore the discipline and morale sorely lacking under the luckless Taylor in recent weeks.


Dave Bassett

Dave Bassett
Bassett still has a passion for the game
If Leicester are looking for a Houdini expert to perform a miracle, Bassett could be their man.

He has done it at more than one club although his fortunes have recently been fading.

Bassett has an infectious passion for the game that will endear him to the fans.

He lost out to Dave Jones for the Wolves job, but Leicester is just the kind of club that will suit him down to the ground.

With a reputation for man management and getting the best out of limited players, Bassett could end up being the surprise choice.


Brian Little

Brian Little
Little would like mad to be a success
They say never go back but if Leicester are looking for someone highly regarded outside the Premiership, they just might go for Brian Little.

Little spent three and half years at Filbert Street, gaining promotion via the play-offs from Division One.

He left amid acrimony in 1994 to take over at Aston Villa.

Although his success has mainly been outside the top-flight, he is a Midlands man through and through, having previously been at West Brom and Wolves.

Although it is at Hull where he has rediscovered his confidence, Little has considerable respect within the game.

Seven clubs in 15 years may smack of a man who can't settle but his reputation as a hard worker and motivator may be just the right combination for a second spell with the Foxes.


Other contenders

David Moyes
The Preston manager is rated as one of the most promising outside the Premiership and a stuttering start this season should not have any bearing on his talents.

Gordon Strachan
The fiery Scot may well apply for the job, having only recently been sacked by near-neighbours Coventry.

Strachan would love to prove the Coventry board wrong at one of their fiercest rivals.

Some clubs, of course, simply aren't the right choice, as George Graham discovered at Spurs.

Crucially, however, Strachan has the added advantage of being used to having to prepare teams that have to scrap for survival.

Bryan Robson
Out of a job since leaving Middlesbrough, this could his time to return.

Robson has kept a relatively low profile since being replaced on Teeside by Steve McClaren.

Like Taylor, he showed his true qualities when part of the England set-up.

But against him is that, also like Taylor, his skills are better utilised on the training ground than on matchdays.

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