Yesterday was a terrible day for football.
Earlier on in the day it was announced that former England manager Glenn Hoddle was taken ill. It has since been revealed that Hoddle suffered a heart attack, but is responding well to treatment. Our thoughts are with Glenn and his family at this difficult time, and we wish him well in his recovery.
Later on in the evening came the news of Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha’s helicopter crashing just outside the King Power Stadium. This evening, Leicester City announced that Srivaddhanaprabha along with the four other on board have died.
I’ll cut to the chase. This is truly devastating news. Tributes have poured out for Srivaddhanaprabha, thanking him for everything he’s done for Leicester City football club. He inspired so many both within and outside football to dream. What’s more, he has contributed so much to the city more broadly, donating most generously to hospitals and many other fantastic causes.
I know nothing about him in addition to what has already been widely reported in the media, but can just state how sad I am to hear this news. Leicester City is a very very special club, and Srivaddhanaprabha has played a huge part in its mammoth success in recent years.
What’s more? Everything he has done has been done quietly, and discreetly. He was never one to court media attention or recognition for what he had achieved. Although a fantastic city is hugely proud and grateful for everything he did and I hope he knew that. I also hope that the club can continue to carry out his vision and that his legacy can live on.
Along with Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, let’s not forget that we lost four others in this crash. My thoughts and prayers are with the loved ones of all those involved.
As a football club, we must stand in solidarity with Leicester City, another wonderful club.