Infotainment Factory: Former Socceroo's touching tribute to Leicester owner

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Tuesday, 30 October 2018

Former Socceroo's touching tribute to Leicester owner


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Optus Sport expert Mark Schwarzer has touched on the impact that recently deceased Leicester City owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha had on the club during his tenure.

Schwarzer joined Leicester City prior to the fairytale 2015-16 season which saw the underdog club ascend to a Premier League title, and he lauded Srivaddhanaprabha for his relationship with the playing group.

"He really tried to have a connection with the players," Schwarzer told Optus Sport.

"In the past I've had chairmen that didn't really interact with the team much, but when they did, they would then demand success, demand things to be changed.

"Vichai would come into the rooms regularly, but you would never feel like there's pressure on you. There was never a sense of him demanding anything from you."

The Australian joined Leicester following an established career in the top flight of English football, and said that Srivaddhanaprabha's vision played a major role in his decision to take his talents to King Power Stadium.

"First and foremost it was a football decision, but it was very closely followed by the enthusiasm and the vision of Vichai," Schwarzer said.

"He had such a determination and a desire to make Leicester into a success.

"He was forever trying to improve a club that lingered between the Premier League and the championship and even lower. He brought stability to the club and it was something that was very evident when I first arrived at the club."

Optus Sport expert Mark Schwarzer has touched on the impact that recently deceased Leicester City owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha had on the club during his tenure.

Schwarzer joined Leicester City prior to the fairytale 2015-16 season which saw the underdog club ascend to a Premier League title, and he lauded Srivaddhanaprabha for his relationship with the playing group.

"He really tried to have a connection with the players," Schwarzer told Optus Sport.

"In the past I've had chairmen that didn't really interact with the team much, but when they did, they would then demand success, demand things to be changed.

"Vichai would come into the rooms regularly, but you would never feel like there's pressure on you. There was never a sense of him demanding anything from you."

The Australian joined Leicester following an established career in the top flight of English football, and said that Srivaddhanaprabha's vision played a major role in his decision to take his talents to King Power Stadium.

"First and foremost it was a football decision, but it was very closely followed by the enthusiasm and the vision of Vichai," Schwarzer said.

"He had such a determination and a desire to make Leicester into a success.

"He was forever trying to improve a club that lingered between the Premier League and the championship and even lower. He brought stability to the club and it was something that was very evident when I first arrived at the club."

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