14 Jan 2007
Former Portsmouth owner Milan Mandaric has completed his takeover of Leicester after the Foxes' shareholders accepted his offer for the Championship outfit.

Mandaric would not reveal how much he has paid for Leicester but says he is aiming to take the club back into the Premiership within three years.

The 68-year-old said: "It will be hard work but this is a great opportunity."

Mandaric also vowed to stand by manager Rob Kelly, although he admitted talking to Iain Dowie about the job.

"Our future plans are straightforward," added Mandaric. "First we have to secure our stability and be sure of staying in this division.

I am behind him giving him full support - the only way we are going to make it is if we are all pulling in the same direction

New Leicester owner Milan Mandaric on manager Rob Kelly

"Once we have achieved that we will immediately start planning for next season and Rob Kelly is in those plans.

"I have been in dialogue with Iain Dowie and other managers. A lot of managers would like to be at Leicester but we have made a decision to stay with Rob and give him our full support.

"He is an intelligent and honest manager who knows what needs to be done.

"I had a meeting with Rob, which was very productive. I am behind him, giving him full support - the only way we are going to make it is if we are all pulling in the same direction.

"But we are under no illusions - it is a massive task."

Leicester were last in the Premiership in 2004 but Mandaric wants them back in the top flight by 2010.

"There are 24 teams in the Championship and they all have the same dream - but only three can make it up," he explained. "My aim is to be in those three.

I will do everything possible not to let the fans down - I am here to stay

Milan Mandaric

"I am not a very good loser or very patient. In three years if we are not there this mission will be a failure and that word does not go well with my personality."

Mandaric has been trying to buy the club since November and admitted the delays in the deal have been frustrating - but he is keen to make up for lost time.

"It took longer than it should but that is what happens when you are dealing with a public company," stated Mandaric.

"And I never look back - I only look at today.

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"I am excited and tomorrow looks better. I will do everything possible not to let the fans down - I am here to stay.

"To get the club where we want to go will take some serious money but whatever it takes will be there."



1 May 2003
This is great news for us. Best thing for us is to keep in the Championship then go for the Play-offs next season. Will be interested in how much money we have to spend in the summer, and if he keeps Kelly as the manager.

Things are deffo looking up for the Foxes :)
18 Oct 2002
Mad old tory said:
Care to explain, don't remember reading anything about that?

when they built their new stadium they ran up huge costsand then went into administration soon afterwards ( sorry if the timelines are a bit out ) , many small construction companies went under due to the unpaid debts , I think the club was then bought out minus the debt ( again apaolgies for minor innacuracies )

it soon became clear afterwards that they were never really in a position to pay the bills and there was suggestion that this was the intention all along, many people lost their businesses and jobs over this

this and a similar situation at Ipswich were behind the decision to cahnge the rules so that clubs going into administration are deducted points
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