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  • Updated: May 29, 2023

Leicester City Will Be Back — Club Chairman Srivaddhanaprabha

Leicester City Will Be Back — Club Chairman Srivaddhanapra

Aiyawatt Srivaddhanaprabha

Leicester Chairman Aiyawatt Srivaddhanaprabha has vowed to lead his club back into the Premier League as the former champions come to terms with their relegation.

Leicester were condemned to the second tier on Sunday after Everton's 1-0 win against Bournemouth rendered the Foxes' 2-1 victory over West Ham irrelevant.

They are only the second former Premier League champions after Blackburn to the relegated from the top flight.

Leicester's fairytale title success seven years ago seems a distant memory as they face up to a first season in the Championship since 2014.

It is a remarkable fall from grace and Srivaddhanaprabha claimed angry fans have sent him offensive messages calling for him to sell the club.

"I have received a massive number of messages from our fans, both positive and negative," Srivaddhanaprabha said in a statement published on the Leicester website.

"Some want me to sell the club, some using offensive and thoughtless words, and some have been outright abusive.

"But for every hurtful message I have received, I have also received messages of support, appreciation, and unity, both remotely and from people I have met anonymously in public, who always come to say hello to me and my family. It means a lot to us."

Srivaddhanaprabha's father Vichai and his family bought Leicester in 2010.

Club chairman Khun Vichai was killed in a helicopter accident at the King Power Stadium in 2018.

"It was the most painful experience for me and for my family, but the support and love we received from our Leicester City family made our bond even stronger," Srivaddhanaprabha said.

"I made a commitment, as chairman, to continue pursuing the ambition my father and I shared for the club, to ensure that the realisation of his vision for Leicester City would ultimately become his legacy.

"Next season will be tough, but it will be a year for collaboration and unity.

"We will come together and fight to return to the Premier League."

Srivaddhanaprabha added: "Relegation is a consequence of 38 games and over that period, we haven't been good enough.

"Today we share the loss and the pain together. But we will be back."

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