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Shake-up in Leicester City's hierarchy

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Leicester City are set for a major shake-up in their hierarchy with two new major appointments.

Former Sheffield United and Bury chairman Terry Robinson is joining the club as director of football to work alongside manager Nigel Pearson.

City are also set to appoint former FA Premier League chairman Sir Dave Richards in a senior role.

Richards, who steps down as FA Premier League chairman at the end of this month, is expected to take up his new post at City on July 1.

He has a long association with City's owner and current chairman Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, and has been a regular visitor to the King Power Stadium.

It is understood that Vichai wants Richards to use all his experience to prepare the club for Premier League football and to ensure it is run on a cost-effective basis.

The 69-year-old was the chairman of Sheffield Wednesday until he sold the club to former City owner Milan Mandaric.

Richards is a member of the FA's board, chairman of the FA's international committee, president of the European Professional Football Leagues organisation and chairman of UEFA's Professional Football Committee.

Having left his post as academy director at Stoke, Robinson's brief will be to assist Pearson in squad building, but he will specifically be asked to concentrate on lowering City's wage bill by facilitating the departure of the club's unwanted players.

With Financial Fair Play punishments for clubs not conforming to the strict new guidelines coming in at the end of this season, City's owners are determined to ensure they do not suffer any transfer ban.

City's last published accounts, for the season ending 2012, revealed losses of nearly £30million due mainly to the heavy investment of the Srivaddhanaprabha family into the squad as they sought a quick return to the Premier League under Sven-Goran Eriksson.

Under FFP, City must not post losses for this coming season of more than £3m above their income.

The owners can also throw in £5m of their own money as equity, bringing the total to £8m.

Shake-up in Leicester City's hierarchy


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