How Leicester City have progressed towards the three aims of Khun Vichai’s vision

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On the second anniversary of his death, we take a look at the long-term goals set out by late City chairman Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, and how the club are progressing

Leicester City have marked the anniversary of the death of chairman Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha with a small ceremony in the memorial garden at the King Power Stadium.

Two years ago today, Khun Vichai died in a helicopter accident outside the ground, the crash also claimed the lives of his staff members Kaveporn Punpare and Nusara Suknamai, and pilots Eric Swaffer and Izabela Roza Lechowicz.

On Tuesday, City manager Brendan Rodgers and the club’s three longest-serving players, Kasper Schmeichel, Wes Morgan, and Jamie Vardy, as well chief executive Susan Whelan, director of football Jon Rudkin, and club ambassador Alan Birchenall, were present as a ceremony was led by eight Buddhist monks.

Whelan said: “Today is a poignant day that prompts difficult memories for everyone associated with Leicester City and for the entire King Power family. The tragic events of 27 October, 2018 will stay with us forever.

“In normal circumstances, it is an occasion we would share with our community, as we were able to a year ago, together remembering those we lost, including a leader whose kindness and love left an indelible impression on so many lives.

“But while today’s formal proceedings were limited in numbers, together we continue to honour Khun Vichai’s memory every day, striving to progress, improve and build for the future he envisaged for the club – a vision Khun Aiyawatt has always shared and the pursuit of which he now leads with our unending support.”

But what were Khun Vichai’s aims for the club and how have they progressed towards realising that vision? Here, we take a look.

Sustainable success on the pitch

After such a whirlwind run to the Premier League title, the aim of the club and Khun Vichai was to bring sustained success to the King Power Stadium.

To maintain their position at the top, the club’s focus was on investing in young players, including new signings and those from their own academy, who could develop and become stars at the club, meaning there was a conveyor belt of talent hitting their peak while in City blue.

“Our primary ambition is a long-term one – to make Leicester City a sustainable and consistently competitive force in the Premier League,” Khun Vichai said at the start of the 2018-19 season.

“Season by season, we look for progress, which can come in many forms. Last season, under Claude Puel, we saw the start of an evolution in our squad, to a different, more methodical style of play and the further emergence of young players from our academy such as Ben Chilwell, Hamza Choudhury and Harvey Barnes.

“This season, our evolution will continue with new players in the squad and I’m excited to see the progress we can make.

“At the end of the season, results and league position must always be put into context and it is in these broader distinctions that we monitor whether the club is successfully pursuing that long-term ambition.”

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