Now, she is something of a seasoned pro, so to speak, and if a cartoonist was to portray her at her desk, the turnover chart in the background would have one of those lines that has broken free of the graph and taken off up the wall towards the ceiling.Whelan started her rather circuitous journey to the top of the Premier League by working for her family’s city centre jewellery business.

She relocated to Bangkok for the opening of a major retail operation at the city’s World Trade Centre but when ARI pulled out of the project and local firm King Power took it over, its owner Vichai Raksriaksorn asked her to work for him.

“In the 2010 the Raksriaksorn family bought the club,” she explained on RTE’s in late 2014.

“They had been looking for a number of years to buy a club in the UK and really nothing had quite fit until it became known that Leicester was available.

“There was just something that was absolutely right about Leicester: there was the heritage of the club – it’s 130 years old; there’s an amazing fan base, which was obviously very important as well; a very rich history; a very rich cultural city in Leicester itself; a great sporting city.” In truth, the deal didn’t do an awful lot at the time for the morale of City fans, who were wary of new, foreign owners having seen events unfold at Cardiff City and Birmingham.

He's out of the NFL, but ex-NY Jets safety Kerry Rhodes is still in game day shape -- and flexed his physique this week during some beach football with his actress fiancee.

BTW, Rhodes is engaged to actress Nicky Whelan -- the hot chick Owen Wilson almost banged in "Hall Pass." Game on!It is that sort of business, but just as Claudio Ranieri and his Leicester City side of previous unknowns are taking the Premier League by storm this season, so Susan Whelan, the club’s Dublin-born chief executive, is looking like quite a signing.Five years ago, when she was appointed to run the club, she had no football experience.Whelan’s appointment a year later probably didn’t do much to win them over either; it was clear that football wasn’t in her blood.However, good business was and these days nobody questions either the commitment of the owners (who pumped money in, then turned around €130 million of debt into equity) or the quality of the management they put in place.“She comes across as a very astute business woman,” says Rob Tanner, football correspondent with the “I think the biggest challenge she’s faced has been with the football business side of things but she has good people around her – Andrew Neville, who has been there a long time, and John Rudkin, who was promoted from academy director to director of football.” She leaves them to do their jobs, Tanner says, while closely associating herself with many of the improvements in the matchday experience.