Leicester return to King Power Stadium for emotional farewell to Vichai

Leicester return to King Power Stadium for emotional farewell to Vichai

Former Leicester City boss Craig Shakespeare reveals training ground visit to support grieving players

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Premier League-winning assistant tells talkSPORT he was made to feel so welcome when he returned to the Foxes to offer his condolences

Former Leicester City boss Craig Shakespeare returned to the clubs training ground last week to offer his support to players and staff following the death of chairman Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha.

Puel was part of a large delegation comprising players and staff to Thailand following their match against Cardiff City last weekend, where they paid their respects to the late chairman.

The ex-Foxes assistant and manager joined talkSPORT on Thursday to speak about the tragic helicopter accident which claimed the life of the clubs owner and four others on October 27.

Shakespeare spent close to a decade of his coaching career at Leicester, where he was Claudio Ranieris number two for their incredible Premier League title win and then became the Italians successor.

Its been 12 months since the former boss left the club, but the 55-year-old said he was made to feel so welcome when he paid the Leicester staff and players a visit to offer his condolences and support as they continue to grieve their popular chairman.

I spent ten years at Leicester and you feel the hurt, you feel the pain, he told talkSPORT host Jim White on Thursday.

I felt for everyone at the club. I know the players personally, Khun Vichais family and Khun Top [the chairmans son], I feel for all of them.

I was made to feel so welcome. To see all the other staff and then go out to see the players and Claude, and I have to say that Claude made me feel so welcome, I had lunch with him.

Just to offer some sort of support to everyone at the training ground and at the stadium, it felt right to do.

Shakespeare also said he will be in the stands on Saturday as Leicester play at the King Power Stadium for the first time since the accident, which occurred after their 1-1 draw home draw with West Ham two weeks ago.

Thousands of Leicester fans are expected to march through the city in tribute to Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha ahead of the clubs first Premier League home game since his death.

Authorities are preparing to guide 20,000 people on a route that starts from Jubilee Square at 12.45pm and finishes at the King Power Stadiums car park E, next to the site of the helicopter crash that claimed the Leicester owners life and those of four others.

The walk covers nearly two miles, travelling along Upperton Road, Raw Dykes Road and Western Boulevard, and is meant to convey the depth of feeling for a man who transformed the club and also assisted the citys charities.

Leicester have said the vast memorial that bloomed outside the ground after the crash following the West Ham game nearly a fortnight ago will be moved by the time Burnley visit on Saturday.

A club statement read: The Srivaddhanaprabha family and everyone at Leicester City Football Club have been deeply moved by the remarkable volume of generous and thoughtful tributes left at King Power Stadium in the wake of the tragedy of 27 October that claimed the lives of five people, including our beloved Chairman Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha.

The extraordinary scenes of compassion and condolence demonstrated on Filbert Way in the last week have been an enormous source of comfort and strength to the families involved and to everyone whose lives have been touched by recent events. The support of our fans, our community and the football world during this darkest of weeks will never be forgotten.

In the spirit of this, ahead of Saturdays visit of Burnley the club will begin the process of carefully and respectfully relocating tributes, ensuring the compassion, kindness and love that have been so evident in the last week are sentiments that will endure.

On Friday 9 November, the final day of Khun Vichais funeral in Bangkok, floral tributes will be relocated to a designated area close to the accident site near the south-east corner of King Power Stadium.

The club would like to invite supporters to be part of this relocation, which is closer to the accident site. Our fans created this stadium tribute, and we dearly wish for you all to be part of the relocation of the flowers, now that the accident site has recently been handed back to the club. 

Ahead of kick-off a number of events are planned. A special video will be shown on the big screens at 2:45pm and supporters will be gifted commemorative scarves, pin badges, clap banners and souvenir matchday programmes in honour of Srivaddhanaprabha.

The fixture is also Leicesters annual Remembrance Day commemoration, and a two-minute silence will be observed before the game to honour those sacrifices as well as the five lives lost at King Power Stadium. At half-time, veterans and Armed Forces personnel will parade around the pitch.

Srivaddhanaprabhas name will be embroidered on the teams match shirts during the first half, while the second half jerseys will bear the embroidered poppy symbol. 

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