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Wednesday, 23 October, 2002, 16:41 GMT 17:41 UK
Fans back Lineker
Gary Lineker leads the consortium which is aiming to save Leicester
Lineker began his playng career at Leicester

Leicester City fans have welcomed the bid fronted by former Foxes star Gary Lineker to save the club.

Leicester have been put in administration and Lineker is heading a consortium that is aiming to raise 5m to stop the Division One club from closing.

And Foxes' fans are happy to see former England captain and current BBC presenter Lineker helping save the club that launched his glittering career.


You hear about teams lower down going bust but you never think it is going to be your club
Foxes fan
Michael Bird

"It's great that he is getting involved," said delivery driver John Porter.

"Apart from being a former player he's a Leicester lad and it's nice to see him backing up his home town.

"I know he's not putting up all the money himself but he's putting his hand in his pocket and that's nice to see."

Unsurprisingly student Michael Bird was also glad to see Lineker's consortium trying to save the club he has supported since he was four.

But the 17-year-old student was not getting carried away about Leicester's future.

"First I want to see the club get out of administration and have the consortium raise the money," he said.

"Then I want to see them keep the manager and keep some of the players - if we do have to sell the likes of Muzzy Izzet then we've got players who can come in.

"Hopefully we can make a push for the Premiership or the play-offs, but if not just be stable enough to have a better push next year."

Bird had been shocked that Leicester had been put into administration, but he was hopeful that better times were on the way for his club.

"You don't think it is going to happen to you - you hear about teams lower down going bust but you never think it is going to be your club," he said.

"Hopefully now we will be more stable and can get back to football."

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