leicester city’s blueprint to success

leicester city’s blueprint to success

Premier League side Leicester City’s Srivaddhanaprabha family “are not the kind of Premier League owners who make a great show of their wealth,” according to Sam Wallace of the London TELEGRAPH. Not even in this, Leicester’s “extraordinary title-charge season, have the Thai duty free billionaires really made the kind of statement signing that gave a clue to their over-vaulting ambition.” The club’s record signing is still ₤ 9M for Croatian Andrej Kramaric and Leicester’s challenge is “distinguished by the achievement of hitherto unremarkable players,” rather than a bold program of “statement signings.” As well as the Premier League, the Srivaddhanaprabhas “currently lead the way in polo, and were Leicester to win their first league title it would bring to three the number of elite-level trophies” currently under the family’s colors. The King Power Foxes won polo’s Gold Cup and Queen’s Cup last summer, “a kind of league and cup double, albeit the sort of sporting success that only resounds among the polo community.” The Srivaddhanaprabha polo teams are only connected to Leicester City through a common owner, “but their success does shed some light on the way in which the publicity-shy family operate, the values they prize and their quiet determination to succeed.” In polo, a sport “traditionally for olde England’s country set,” a relatively little money “goes a long way.” In the modern incarnation of the “great working man’s game, the annual King Foxes Power budget would not buy you Riyad Mahrez’s left leg, never mind the rest of him.” Nothing “they have done, however, suggests that come next season in the Champions League, and Premier League, this new generation of owners will treat recent success as simply a one-off.” The Srivaddhanaprabhas did not arrive in English football with the same impact as Chelsea Owner Roman Abramovich or Man City Owner Sheikh Mansour, “but they have showed that there is more than one way of being successful”