Leicester owner Aiyawatt Srivaddhanaprabha ‘jets in’ for crucial match against Nottingham Forest


Leicester owner Aiyawatt Srivaddhanaprabha ‘jets in’ for crucial match against Nottingham Forest on Monday, with pressure intensifying on manager Brendan Rodgers after a winless start to the season

  • Leicester chairman Aiyawatt Srivaddhanaprabha is set to be at Monday’s game
  • ‘Top’ will reportedly attend his first Leicester game since defeat back in August
  • Pressure is mounting on boss Brendan Rodgers after a winless start to season 
  • The pair will reportedly hold talks following the Nottingham Forest match 

Leicester owner Aiyawatt Srivaddhanaprabha is set to attend his first match in over six weeks this weekend as pressure intensifies around the future of manager Brendan Rodgers. 

Leicester are winless and bottom of the Premier League and Rodgers is under mounting pressure.

Srivaddhanaprabha will be at the King Power Stadium on Monday night, report the Telegraph, and failure to beat Forest will bring further scrutiny onto Rodgers. 

Brendan Rodgers is in desperate need of a win with Leicester’s hierarchy set to be back in town

The chairman, known as ‘Top’, last watched Leicester in person on August 20 when they were beaten 2-1 by Southampton.

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Since then Leicester have continued to struggle and currently find themselves on a six game losing streak. 

There was a sense that Rodgers could have been axed during the international break having lost 6-2 to Tottenham just beforehand.  

That sacking never transpired and the report adds that Rodgers will be in charge of Monday night’s match.

The Foxes have made a disastrous start to the season and are winless sat bottom of the league

The Foxes have made a disastrous start to the season and are winless sat bottom of the league

Leicester’s summer of recruitment was heavily questioned with just one outfield signing arriving in the form of defender Wout Faes.  

But nonetheless, a poor display at home in front of the chairman could force ownership’s hand to move on from the 49-year-old head coach.

What Srivaddhanaprabha sees on Monday will likely be crucial in how the club moves forward.

He is supported in his decision making by his brother Apichet, who is also Leicester’s vice-chairman, chief executive Susan Whelan and director of football Jon Rudkin.

Rodgers has been in charge since February 2019 and has had rich success with the club, guiding them to FA Cup glory in 2021.

But with a crucial run of games ahead – Bournemouth, Crystal Palace, Leeds and Wolves follow the Forest home game – ownership will be aware they can ill-afford to fall further adrift.

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Speaking after the defeat at Tottenham, which has Leicester on their worst run in eight years, Rodgers told Sky Sports: ‘Whatever happens I’ll have a huge amount of respect for them [the owners] because they’ve given me great support. 

‘I understand the game. The scoreline didn’t reflect the game but the bottom line is it’s a heavy defeat. They’ve given me brilliant support. 

‘Whatever happens to me at Leicester whether I stay and fight on, I’ll always respect them.’

Rodgers (right) delivered FA Cup success in 2021 but patience won't run with forever with owner Aiyawatt Srivaddhanaprabha (left) reportedly attending Monday's match

Rodgers (right) delivered FA Cup success in 2021 but patience won’t run with forever with owner Aiyawatt Srivaddhanaprabha (left) reportedly attending Monday’s match

‘For 73 minutes it was a good game and we were arguably the better side with the chances we created We got punished for mistakes.’

Despite a pocket of supporters calling for his sacking, Rodgers remains defiant in the face of adversity that he is the man to turn it around. 

‘I always do believe we can overcome it. You didn’t see a team today that is short of confidence, that is always a good sign,’ he added to BBC Sport.

‘Once we went 4-2 behind it was difficult for the players.

‘I will always fight on, but I understand the game and six straight losses isn’t good for anyone. 

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‘But I thought we really dominated the game, especially in the first-half, but once the first goal went in there was maybe a wee sense of deja-vu for the players but they kept fighting and showing their spirit.’

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