Alan Biggs at Large: Owls’ new owner can learn a lot from his Thai compatriot up the road at Leicester

Leicester City's manager Nigel Pearson
Leicester City's manager Nigel Pearson
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Forget for a moment the sacked-not sacked fiasco surrounding Nigel Pearson at Leicester City – and the inevitable gossip linking the former Sheffield Wednesday skipper with his old club.

Leicester’s billionaire Thai owner much prefers to stay below the media radar - and considering his name is Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, journalists are not ungrateful for his reticence!

We know little as yet about the business style and plans of Vichai’s fellow countryman Dejphon Chansiri - but I would be surprised if the family of Wednesday’s new owners don’t share similar characteristics.

Mr. Chansiri has an intense-looking demeanour, even if his son, Att, was a mascot at a recent game.

If Mr. Chansiri can match the non-football inteference and sustained support that delivered promotion for Pearson’s Leicester, that will be much preferable to, for example, the destabilising boardroom farce going on 40 miles up the M1.

Leicester’s Thai owners seemed to learn from their flurry of early change during which they gave Sven Goran Eriksson just a year before turning to Pearson under Milan Mandaric’s chairmanship.

You feel Stuart Gray has little margin for error barring an improvement in current results , much as he deserves the opportunity.

But there are bound to be more questions than answers right now, beyond the firm statement of intent delivered in the transfer window.

One other link worth musing on is Sir Dave Richards’ recent connection with Leicester and the thought that, with his Thailand connections, the former Owls chairman might have had some part to play in the buy-out.

If so, good on him.

For all that it is a leap of faith, Mandaric’s endorsement of Mr. Chansiri goes a long way in terms of trust.