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Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha obituary

Thai businessman and popular owner of Leicester City FC who oversaw the club’s greatest successesIn 2010, when Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, who has died aged 60 in a helicopter crash, took over the ownership of Leicester City, the idea that he could guide the club to a Premier League title would have seemed fanciful, if not laughable. Even in a previous era, when money talked less loudly, Leicester had never been able to win the old Division One championship. The concept of an essentially small-time club overturning new-era brands such as Chelsea, Arsenal and the two Manchester clubs appeared absurd. No one even spoke about the possibility.Under Vichai’s reign, however, Leicester not only won the Premier League in 2015-16 but took it in style, winning by 10 clear points and with two games in hand. It was by far the club’s greatest achievement since its foundation in 1884 and, considering the team...

 

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