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Vichai Raksriaksorn named Leicester City chairman
Vichai Raksriaksorn has been appointed the new chairman of Leicester City, filling the role vacated when Milan Mandaric left in November. …
Vichai Raksriaksorn is the new chairman of Leicester City, filling the role vacated when Milan Mandaric left in November.
Leicester City have announced that owner Vichai Raksriaksorn has taken on the role of club chairman.
The position, which has been vacant since the departure of previous owner and Chairman, Milan Mandaric in November, will now be held by Raksriaksorn, the father of Aiyawatt, who is now named as the club’s Vice-Chairman.
Vichai Raksriaksorn said: “I am both delighted and honoured to be named as Chairman of Leicester City Football Club.
“Leicester City is a proud club, with a rich heritage. We now have a clear strategy for the club and the foundations for future success have been set.
Raksriaksorn added: “The primary reason for investing in Leicester City was not only because of my passion for football, but also my strong desire to revive and return the club to the Premier League. Leicester City has a history of playing Premier League football and it is time for a new chapter to be created.
“From the very first moment that I stepped in to the Walkers Stadium last August, there was absolutely no hesitation in my mind, even for a split second, to prevent me from looking forward and investing in this team. I truly believe in the spirit of Leicester City and hold great hope of success for the near future.
“I have made a solid commitment to sacrifice more than half of my time from my main business of duty free, to dedicate time to Leicester City, giving as much support as I can. Financially, we have also invested more than was first anticipated. Ultimately, this will yield substantial improvements in the working structure of the club, both on and off the field, some of which we have already seen as the core competitive aspects of the team have been strengthened in all areas.
“What I am committing myself to might seem impossible to achieve from the perspective of others, but this dream began when we acquired Sven-Goran Eriksson as manager and signed players from the Premier League. I am proud to say that we already have seven international football players with us, which is a fantastic achievement, with more to come I hope.
“To conclude, I look forward to working alongside the staff, players and management, as well as helping to progress the relationship with our fantastic supporters and the surrounding community.”
Leicester City Vice-Chairman, Aiyawatt Raksriaksorn, said: “Both my father and I are working very hard to restore Leicester City as a formidable force in English football and return the club to the Premier League.
“I feel certain that the new structure of the club emphasises the strength of Leicester City and will ultimately help to take the club forward.”
Leicester City Chief Executive, Lee Hoos, said: “This is another positive step which will further strengthen the club and our commitment to excellence.
“Vichai and Aiyawatt Raksriaksorn have taken a more active and engaged role in Leicester City Football Club and this integrated approach will enhance the continued development of the club off the field, supplementing the recent good form shown by Sven-Goran Eriksson and his team.”
Vichai Raksriaksorn joined the club’s board on Monday December 6, 2010, at the same time as Miss Supornthip Choungrangsee and Miss Susan Whelan.
Leicester City star Richie Wellens has won the npower Championship Player of the Month award for January.
Midfielder Wellens helped City net 10 points during last month as
Sven-Goran Eriksson’s side climbed up the table to the fringes of the
Eriksson said: “Richie is a real team player and I am very proud of him and his colleagues.”
Full story in tomorrow’s Leicester Mercury.
Last week the Fox Fanzine editorial team finally made it back into the Leicester City manager’s office after an absence of more than three years. In all our 20 years of interviewing City managers, we have never sat opposite anyone so globally famous, or with so much silverware to his name, as Sven-Goran Eriksson. After five minutes in his company, you can see how his success has come about. He exudes charisma, and has a simple, inclusive, quietly effective approach to management.
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Read the full article in today’s Mercury.
Paul Gallagher says Ashley Cole’s “guest appearance” in the Leicester City dressing room at the last home game is a further indication of the direction the club are heading in under Sven-Goran Eriksson.
The Chelsea and England left-back was at the Walkers Stadium for the 4-1 win over Barnsley to run the rule over his Stamford Bridge “understudy” Patrick Van Aanholt, who has joined City until the end of the season.
“Ashley Cole was in our dressing room and I asked if he was our new signing,” said Gallagher, who opened the scoring in the rout over the Tykes.
“That is how it has been going lately. He is Patrick’s mate and he just came to watch the game. It’s nice when people like that come to watch us. We must be doing something right. If we get promoted, you never know we could sign him! Sven is a big factor in that he can bring these big players in.
“It is fantastic because we are getting Premier League players.
“Even on the bench we are strong. I am sure other teams are starting to look at Leicester and thinking they are strong and have a good chance.”
Attention now shifts to Saturday’s clash with East Midlands rivals Derby County at Pride Park and the attacking midfielder believes City can be the team to steal a late march into the play-offs.
They stand in eighth spot just four points off the play-off spots and Gallagher said: “There is always a team that comes late on and why can’t it be us?
“We are not going to shout it from the rooftops that we are coming. We will try and keep it quiet and just sneak in there. You never know, we could sneak into that second spot because we are not that far away.
“We have only lost once this year, and that’s to Manchester City at Eastlands, so you would take that and since the turn of the year it has been fantastic.”
By contrast, Derby are in freefall and manager Nigel Clough is under increasing pressure after a run of eight defeats in their last 10 games as well as an embarrassing FA Cup defeat to non-league Crawley Town
Gallagher said: “It is a big game and we will go there with confidence, but not too confident.
“We will give them the respect they deserve and let our football do the talking.”
City suffered a 1-0 defeat at Pride Park last season, following a howler from keeper Chris Weale, but he is at the top of his form and the same goes for his team-mates.
“We want revenge for last year but we won’t go shouting about it. We know what we have to do to win the game.
“They are not on a very good run so hopefully it won’t change against us.”
Leicester City Reserves beat Southampton 1-0 in a friendly at the club’s training ground yesterday.
Substitute Nathan Hicks scored the goal which settled the contest, although City’s overall dominance deserved a greater reward.
Coach Dietmar Hamann, who joined the City coaching set-up last week, fielded a strong side with eight of the starting line-up having featured in first-team action this season.
There was a first appearance for Portuguese keeper Ricardo, while on-loan Benfica defender Miguel Vitor made his first start for two months following a hamstring problem.
City could have been ahead inside the first few minutes as Bruno Berner marauded down the left and his cross found Ben Milnes six yards out, but his effort was just wide.
Martyn Waghorn also had a chance from a similar range midway through the half and the City striker also went close just before the break from a longer distance.
But City got their reward two minutes from the interval as Waghorn turned provider for Hicks, on for the injured Michael Lamey, to score with a good finish from a tight angle.
City, with Danny Uchechi always prominent, continued to dominate in the second period with Franck Moussa and Robbie Neilson going close.
At the other end, the City defence, in which Vitor and Tom Parkes were outstanding, held firm with a cross-shot from Sam Hoskins the only moment of threat from the Saints.
Hamann said: “The result is not the most important thing, but we want to get into good habits and keep momentum running through the club.”
City: Ricardo; Neilson, Parkes, Vitor, Berner; Moussa, Milnes, Moreno, Lamey; Waghorn, Uchechi. Subs: Hicks (for Lamey), Norburn (for Milnes), Moore (for Berner), Myles-Tebbutt (for Uchechi).
Portuguese defender Miguel Vitor has indicated he is fit and ready to fight for his place back in the Leicester City team.
Vitor completed the full 90 minutes of yesterday’s reserve team game with Southampton to confirm his recovery from a hamstring problem which has kept him out of action since the end of December.
The 22-year-old central defender suffered the injury during the farcical 3-0 defeat at Ipswich in the Portman Road snow and spent part of his rehabilitation back in Portugal at Benfica, the club who have loaned him to City until the end of the season.
First-team coach Dietmar Hamann said: “The plan was for him to play 70 to 75 minutes but he felt well and to get 90 minutes under his belt is even better.”
Vitor, recruited by Paulo Sousa and with eight appearances and a goal under his belt, will do well to unseat the central defensive partnership of Sol Bamba and Ben Mee, but Hamann added: “The manager has watched him play and there are a lot of games still to go.
“Things can change quickly in football. You can get suspensions and injuries and then the situation changes.”
The reserve contest, which City won 1-0, also saw a first appearance for Vitor’s Portuguese compatriot Ricardo, who has joined City until the end of the season after being released by Real Betis last month.
Keeper Ricardo, capped 79 times by his country, turned in an accomplished performance but Hamann says the 34-year-old knows he will have to be patient with Chris Weale in such good form for City.
Hamann said: “We know his qualities with his hands, but he is also a good footballer and he gives you something extra.
“Chris Weale has done well in the past few games so he has to wait for his chance.”
Striker Jorrin John was missing from the reserve game after agreeing a one-month loan move to Blue Square Premier club Kettering Town.
City boss Sven-Goran Eriksson is to hold a Q&A evening for supporters.
The event is on Tuesday, March 1 and admission is free to season-ticket holders.
There are 500 places available and tickets go on sale today. Any remaining tickets will be available for £5. To book a place call 0844 815 5000.