Claudio Ranieri revealed on Monday he had been "terribly shaken" by the death of Leicester City owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha. Thai businessman was among the five to lose their lives in the aftermath of the tragic helicopter crash close to the club's stadium on Saturday.
The Italian manager was hired by Vichai in 2015 and in the following year, they both played a part in of the famous success stories in the history of the Premier League. It was under the Ranieri's leadership, that Leicester City secured its historic first Premier League title. Speaking to Sky Sports Italia in his first public reaction since the tragedy, Ranieri said, "I was terribly shaken by the news."
"He was a good man and always had a positive word for everyone. His positivity and ability to make everybody love him was clear for all to see. He came into the locker room only to dispense kind words, never to reproach you. "One time soon after my birthday, he arrived in the locker room with a huge cake and made everyone sing 'Happy Birthday.'
Claudio Ranieri hailed Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha contributions to the club, where it is believed that he poured millions not only into the club, but also for the development of the city. The former Chelsea boss further insisted that it was now up to Vichai's son to carry on the legacy.
"He was an illuminated man and everything he touched became better." Ranieri said it was now up to Vichai's son "who has always been in love with football" to carry on in his father's footsteps. He recalled his first meeting with Vichai. "I immediately thought he was a positive person, full of energy. My objective when I arrived at Leicester was to secure Premier League safety, then we all know what happened.
"Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha made a very important contribution to the Premier League victory, as he'd arrive 30 minutes before the game to embrace everyone. He never said a word out of turn, was always happy with a smile on his face. "I am so sad right now, I want to join the family in their grief."
Ranieri was sacked by Leicester in February 2017, following a dismal run of poor performances. He later took charge of French Ligue 1 side Nantes for the 2017-2018 season.