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Dyche: We All Feel Leicester's Loss

8 November 2018

Sean Dyche vowed to support Leicester in any way possible as the city and football club prepare to pay tribute to Chairman Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha this weekend.

The Thai businessman was one of five people killed in the horrific helicopter crash at the King Power Stadium two weeks ago.

And as the Foxes plan an emotional day of tributes on Saturday, on their first game at the stadium since the tragic accident, the Clarets boss insisted Burnley will play their part in honouring those who lost their lives.

Dyche said: “We will approach it in the best, most respectful way we can. That means letting the players know that the feeling of the day, predominantly, is going to be all about Leicester – and rightly so.

“I know their Director of Football, Jon Rudkin, who is someone I class as a friend, and I sent him a couple of texts saying that we will play any part we can, if needed.

“It is a horrible loss to the football club because I know all about that club. Being from Kettering, I’ve seen the changes, from when I was a kid to what it is now, and since the owners have been there as a family they have built a real connection with people there.”

Dyche was at the King Power Stadium to witness the Premier League game against West Ham, following which Srivaddhanaprabha and four others were killed.

And he believes the overriding sadness a city is feeling at the loss can offer a reminder of the unique connections between a football club and the wider community.

He explained: “I try to be respectful of things that are bigger than the game, and this is.

“Within that, I have said to the players that we have a professional responsibility, and the people of Leicester will understand that when the whistle blows, it’s a game.

“They will want to win, so we have to, and I don’t want any of our fans thinking we are not taking on the game, because we will be doing everything we can to win a game.

“But there has to be a balance of life sometimes and this is someone who went beyond football.

“A lot of owners have money, but this is someone who really connected with Leicester as a city and if there’s a silver lining to what has happened, it’s that it has focused on how communities and football clubs are joined.

“When you think of the over-spilling of respect and love from the fans for an owner, that is not about money; it’s about the recent history and what the owner gave to the club.

“it reminds you how good football is. Sometimes the glossiness of football loses the earthiness and the connection with people who are a band of brothers and sisters.

“I know we have that here at Burnley and I don’t need to question it. ‘Born Burnley’; I’ve come to learn that.

“But not every club has that and I think that connection at Leicester is a reminder that there is a silver lining to a horrible situation.”


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