Ex-Leicester bosses Claudio Ranieri, Nigel Pearson pay tribute to Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha


Former Leicester City managers Claudio Ranieri and Nigel Pearson joined the voices of condolence for the club’s chairman, Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, who was killed in a helicopter crash on Saturday night.

Thai businessman Srivaddhanaprabha died along with four others when his helicopter crashed and then exploded outside the club’s King Power Stadium after a Premier League match against West Ham United.

Leicester, who confirmed Saturday’s league match at Cardiff City would go ahead as scheduled, opened a book of condolence for fans to pay tribute at the stadium on Tuesday.

Many had left scarves and flowers outside the ground in the preceding days.

Ranieri, whom Srivaddhanaprabha brought in as Leicester coach in 2015, led them in their sensational run to the Premier League title the next year, defying odds of 5,000-1.

“I was terribly shaken by the news. He was a good man and always had a positive word for everyone. His positivity and ability to make everybody love him was clear for all to see. He came into the locker room only to dispense kind words, never to reproach you,” Ranieri told Sky Sport Italia.

“Everything he touched became better,” he said, adding: “I immediately thought he was a positive person, full of energy.”

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