Brendan Rodgers has aimed a swipe at the Leicester board as the pressure ramps up on the Northern Irishman.
The Foxes have suffered a shocking start to the season after one point from a possible 15, leaving them bottom of the Premier League. The latest result came against Manchester United on Deadline Day.
Leicester were beaten by Erik ten Hag's men 1-0 at the King Power Stadium as the transfer window ticked down at the same time. It has been a miserable summer for the Midlands club.
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As well as losing top defender Wesley Fofana and attacker Ademola Lookman, club lynchpin and stalwart Kasper Schmeichel has left and there was a lack of progress made over incomings.
Wout Fans is the only outfield arrival – a £15million signing from Reims – and Rodgers has kicked out at the board as a result. He said: "I'm happy the window is shut, it's been a huge distraction for us. You'll have read the programme notes and seen the situation the club is in.
"To have to watch virtually every club in the top five leagues get players in and for us to not be able to improve that was difficult as a manager and players. Players want to compete; this group has shown they can compete but we needed help and unfortunately we haven't been able to get that.
"I think it's clear to see [that the squad is weaker than last year]. I came to Leicester to compete and in the first few years we were able to do that but in the last couple of windows we've been unable to add to the squad."
Leicester chairman Aiyawatt Srivaddhanaprabha attempted to justify the lack of spending this summer in the programme notes. He wrote: "Due to an increase in our net spend over recent seasons, some measures were necessary to ensure we manage our compliance with the game's sustainability regulations.
"While we continue to build our wider revenue streams to compete with the established elite in the long-term, our short-term means of offsetting such expenditure is generating profits through player trading. This summer, we couldn't risk unbalancing that equation further, so we decided space would need to be made in the squad before new additions could be brought in."
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