Every fan wants one, a rich billionaire owner that will ride in like a white knight and save their club.
Chelsea have Roman Abramovich, Manchester City have Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed al Nahyan and even Cardiff have Vincent Tan.
OK that last one may have Cardiff fans twitching a bit, but as eccentric as some owners can be, and lets include Hull’s Assem Allam in that pot, or as dodgy as dome can be and we can include Massimo Cellino and various Portsmouth owners in that pot, with the global expansion of English football comes foreign ownership.
If your lucky you get an Abramovich or a Middle Eastern Sheikh to bankroll your club and whist they may not be as rich as the aforementioned two, Leicester City had their own white knights ride into town when previous owner Milan Mandaric sold to The King Power group owned by Thai Billionaire Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha.
Its easy, to forget where we have been as a club in out recent history. Administration following relegation from our previous PL stint, years spent surviving in The Championship before our fateful drop to the third tier for the first time in our history. That despite Mandaric’s purchase of the club almost certainly saving us from a second period of administration.
Reservations following what had happened when he sold Portsmouth surfaced but our new owners have proved their loyalty to our club, paying of our debit and investing millions into the club including the squad itself.
Yes we had the ‘Sven’ era. Personally I loved having Sven at the club it brought us the media attention not always enjoyed by some Premier league clubs, but it was a period that was due to end in tears. Yes we had big names attracted to the club, but on the whole these consisted of players on their way down looking for one last pay day.
Not since the early Mandaric days and Martin Allen did we see so many players arrive at the club in such a short period of time. Destined to failure and some might say sacked too soon, Eriksson departed Nigel Pearson returned for his second stint as Leicester manager and the rest as they say is history.
Unfortunately after a season of high profile media catastrophes so was Pearson. Even the great escape could not save him. As great as the escape was though, this was masterminded by the same manager who had got us into that position in the first place.
And so we welcome Claudio Ranieri as our newest manager. Another Sven like spend a lot achieve a little type manager or an inspire your team to walk off a cliff edge Pearson type? Only time will tell of course but what we do know is like Sven he is being given the cash to spend.
And this is where we move into the realms of Fantasy Football. Before Mandaric our biggest spend was Ade Akinbiyi a £5m purchase from Wolves in our last Premier League outing, although the least said about him and then Manager Peter Taylor the better.
Is this really ‘MY’ Leicester City that bid £12m for Charlie Austin? I mean £12m!!
Well a reported £8m on Leo Ulloa last season followed by £9m on Andrej Kramaric in the January transfer window and the £7m on Shinji Ojazaki certainly showed our intent, although the costs are nearly always undisclosed these days.
But if you look at who we are being linked with, very few are below the £5m price tag with us even trying to hijack West Brom’s attempt to sign James Chester from Hull City with a late £8m offer, although this did prove to be too late.
We have even had Sky German TV reporter Sven Heist saying we had paid over the odds for Shinji Ojazaki from German club Mainz and this was before Internacional President Vitoeio Piffero came out and stated our £10.6m bid for midfielder Charles Aranguiz included an ‘absurd salary’ to try to lure him to the KP.
Now how much of all this is true we will never know, but I do pinch myself regularly at the moment as I remember a cold night in March 2009 when lost 2-0 away to Tranmere on the way to the League One title. If I had said then we would be accused of paying absurd salaries or putting in £12m offers for players I would have been carted away,
Yes it is Fantasy Football for Leicester City at the moment lets hope the fantasy doesn’t turn into a nightmare!
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