Le­ices­ter to hon­our owner with statue as man­agers are re­united

The Daily Telegraph - Sport - - Football - By John Percy

Clau­dio Ranieri, Nigel Pear­son and Craig Shake­speare – three for­mer Le­ices­ter City man­agers – will be guests of the club to­day when an emo­tional trib­ute will be paid to Vichai Sri­vad­dhanaprabha.

The club have also an­nounced plans to build a statue at the King Power Sta­dium in hon­our of their late owner, who died in a he­li­copter crash out­side the ground two weeks ago.

Ranieri guided Le­ices­ter to the Pre­mier League ti­tle in 2016 and is mak­ing his first re­turn to his for­mer club for a com­pet­i­tive fix­ture since his sack­ing in Fe­bru­ary last year.

Pear­son and Shake­speare, who helped to lay the foun­da­tions for the ti­tle tri­umph, will also be mak­ing their first ap­pear­ance since they left Le­ices­ter.

Sven-goran Eriks­son, the first man­age­rial ap­point­ment fol­low­ing the Sri­vad­dhanaprabha takeover in 2010, has been in­vited to the match against Burnley but is ex­pected to miss it due to prior com­mit­ments.

It is un­der­stood that Este­ban Cam­bi­asso, the Ar­gentina mid­fielder who made a mem­o­rable im­pres­sion in his one sea­son, 2014-15, will at­tend, while two mem­bers of the ti­tle-win­ning squad, Riyad Mahrez and N’golo Kante, will pay trib­ute in the 100-page match pro­gramme.

It promises to be a hugely mov­ing af­ter­noon for the club, in their first home game since the tragedy. There will be a me­mo­rial video, a com­mem­o­ra­tive ban­ner and two min­utes’ si­lence, which also serves as a Re­mem­brance trib­ute.

Sri­vad­dhanaprabha’s son, Le­ices­ter vice-chair­man Aiyawatt, will be present along with other fam­ily mem­bers. Aiyawatt has been in Thai­land this week for his fa­ther’s seven-day fu­neral. Le­ices­ter’s squad and staff at­tended ear­lier in the week.

In a per­sonal trib­ute in a sou­venir pro­gramme which will be given to all fans to­day, Aiyawatt says of Vichai: “We are com­mit­ted to hon­our­ing his mem­ory and up­hold­ing his legacy.

“I plan to com­mis­sion a statue of my fa­ther, for out­side King Power Sta­dium, as a per­ma­nent and fit­ting trib­ute to the man that made it all pos­si­ble. He will for­ever be in our hearts. He will never be for­got­ten.”

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