Former Leicester City boss Craig Shakespeare returned to the club’s training ground last week to offer his support to players and staff following the death of chairman Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha.
The ex-Foxes assistant and manager joined talkSPORT on Thursday to speak about the tragic helicopter accident which claimed the life of the club’s owner and four others on October 27.
Shakespeare spent close to a decade of his coaching career at Leicester, where he was Claudio Ranieri‘s number two for their incredible Premier League title win and then became the Italian’s successor.
It’s been 12 months since the former boss left the club, but the 55-year-old said he was ‘made to feel so welcome’ when he paid the Leicester staff and players a visit to offer his condolences and support as they continue to grieve their popular chairman.
“I spent ten years at Leicester and you feel the hurt, you feel the pain,” he told talkSPORT host Jim White on Thursday.
“I felt for everyone at the club. I know the players personally, Khun Vichai’s family and Khun Top [the chairman’s son], I feel for all of them.
“You want to try and be a support but you’re not a member of staff any more.
“I went on a visit to the training ground last week to show my support and I am so pleased I did.
“I was made to feel so welcome. To see all the other staff and then go out to see the players and Claude, and I have to say that Claude made me feel so welcome, I had lunch with him.
“Just to offer some sort of support to everyone at the training ground and at the stadium, it felt right to do.”
Shakespeare also said he will be in the stands on Saturday as Leicester play at the King Power Stadium for the first time since the accident, which occurred after their 1-1 draw home draw with West Ham two weeks ago.
Listen back to talkSPORT’s interview with Craig Shakespeare in full above.