Leicester owner flies in for crunch match for Brendan Rodgers

Leicester owner flies in for crunch match for Brendan Rodgers - PA
Leicester owner flies in for crunch match for Brendan Rodgers - PA

Leicester City chairman Aiyawatt Srivaddhanaprabha is set to attend his first match in over six weeks for Brendan Rodgers’s crucial meeting with Nottingham Forest.

Srivaddhanaprabha will be at the King Power Stadium on Monday night to support Rodgers, who is under increasing pressure after a run of six league defeats in a row.

Rodgers is fighting for his future after an alarming start to the season but will be in the technical area to face Midlands rivals Forest.

Though there is obvious concern over Leicester’s position in the table, at this stage there remains a determination to stand by the 49-year-old, who has been in charge since February 2019.

Srivaddhanaprabha, known as ‘Top’, has not attended a Leicester game since the 2-1 home defeat by Southampton on August 20 due to his commitments on King Power business in Thailand, but is scheduled to be present on Monday.

Despite the support for Rodgers, a poor performance and the reaction of the home supporters could have a major bearing on the manager’s position. Many fans have turned on Rodgers in recent months and the response to a defeat may be significant.

Any decision will be made primarily by Srivaddhanaprabha, with the support of his brother and the club’s vice-chairman Apichet, chief executive Susan Whelan and director of football Jon Rudkin.

However, Leicester hope to give Rodgers more time in recognition of his past achievements and the financial issues which prevented them from making any major signings this summer.

With concerns over future breaches of Financial Fair Play rules, Leicester were reluctant to add to their squad’s wage bill and only completed the £15 million capture of Reims defender Wout Faes following the sale of Wesley Fofana to Chelsea.

After the game against Forest, Leicester then face Bournemouth, Crystal Palace, Leeds and Wolves which could spark a turnaround in results.