- Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha bragged to a Leicester City director after sacking Claudio Ranieri
- The Thai went to Hedonism Wines in London’s Mayfair and bought wines totalling £500,000
- The Italian was sacked just nine months after leading Leicester City to a Premier League title
The owner of Leicester City Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha bragged about he was going to sack hero manager Claudio Ranieri before the Italian received his marching orders.
According to the Sun, the Thai embarked on a £500,000 wine spree at Hedonism Wines in London’s Mayfair.
Srivaddhanaprabha made the extraordinary boast to a director of another Premier League club he bumped into in the posh store.
The businessman was “all smiles” as he told of his shock decision where he spent double the £250,000 he spent at the same shop as a thank-you present for Ranieri for leading the Foxes to a 5,000-1 league title just nine months ago.
West Ham vice-chairman Baroness Karren Brady confirmed how the club owner told customers at the same shop he was going to sack Ranieri.
The businesswoman and Apprentice star, 47, said: “Whilst browsing the Leicester owner told him that in an hour or so news would break they had sacked Claudio Ranieri.
“He then went and settled his bill for wine and champagne, quite casually.
“I am guessing the compensation payment to his old manager is mere pocket change by comparison.
“Such a shame that the fairytale turned into a nightmare. At least the owner can drown his sorrows in some style.”
Another source said: “The Leicester owner looked like the cat that got the cream as he nonchalantly told another customer how he was sacking Ranieri.
“The fact he was laughing and smiling made people think he must have been joking.
“And the fact that he then thought nothing of spending up to £500,000 on booze just demonstrates that people running football clubs have no connection to the fans.
“It’s a kick in the teeth for any Leicester supporter.”
However Leicester have already made moves to replace Ranieri. Former Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini has already been contacted to replace the Italian.
Details of the conversation have however not been released.