Neil Warnock has revealed he once met Vichai srivaddhanaprabha and anticipates a strange atmosphere at the Cardiff City Stadium following last weekend’s tragedy at the King Power Stadium when the Bluebirds face Leicester City tomorrow afternoon.
It is the first time the Foxes will play following the death of Scrivaddhanaprabha – who has touched the lives of fans, players and managers alike.
And the Bluebirds boss is expecting there to be an unusual atmosphere in the Welsh Capital tomorrow: “I think it will be a strange atmosphere,” admitted Warnock.
“But these type of things do bring people closer together. Nobody knows what type of game it is going to be. It has been a difficult week for us. Some of the players are able to cope with tragedies, but others not so much.
“I have not really had a week like this before.”
The Yorkshireman also revealed how they heard of the news breaking after coming back from their 4-1 defeat to Liverpool last weekend and lauded praise on the Foxes for what they achieved when Scrivaddhanaprabha was chairman of the football club.
“I met him obviously. I am aware of what he done for the club and his involvement.
“I think it was a tremendous achievement when they went onto win the Premier League and it was surreal last weekend – we were just landing after coming back from Liverpool.
“It was an eerie situation. Life is on an edge and sometimes you take things for granted. It really does put things into perspective.
“It is such turmoil for something like this to happen. It is just so strange really. We haven’t been directly involved but it feels like we are,” added the Bluebirds boss.
The Cardiff manager is now expecting the Bluebirds supporters to put on a lovely tribute for the 60-year-old tomorrow afternoon in what is set to be an emotional day for both sets of players and supporters.
“We know it is going to be a difficult for both teams and supporters. It will be quite emotional for our fans as well – the kick-off we will be ready to go but it’s great that both sets of fans will unite. It is good to see both sets being like they’re.”
There will be a minute’s silence before kick-off and both sets of players will wear black armbands in remembrance of the King Power duty free founder – Bluebirds fans are also expected to display a giant flag, which will read ‘RIP Vichai,’ before it is past on to the visiting Leicester City supporters.
(Featured image: Jon Candy)