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Sven-Goran Eriksson appointed Leicester City manager

(l to r) Leicester City chairman Milan Mandaric, new manager Sven-Goran Eriksson and club owner Aiyawatt Raksriaksorn
Eriksson becomes the Foxes' 15th manager since 2004

Sven-Goran Eriksson has been appointed Leicester City's new manager after being unveiled by the club on Sunday.

The ex-England boss replaces Paulo Sousa, who was sacked on Friday with the Foxes languishing at the bottom of the Championship after nine games.

Eriksson, 62, has signed a two-year deal to take charge.

"I am very happy to be here. The club wants to be in the Premier League and I do as well. That is the clear target," he said at a news conference.

The Swede watched from the directors' box at the Walkers Stadium as City beat Scunthorpe 3-1 on Saturday and on Sunday the former Manchester City boss revealed he was encouraged by the display.

He said: "What I saw yesterday, was very good. I liked what I saw. They played very well, they fought with big hearts - well done.

"I think the ambition of the club is fantastic. If they did not have ambition then I would not be interested."

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Eriksson had been out of work since managing the Ivory Coast at this summer's World Cup in South Africa, where they failed to reach the knock-out stages.

Prior to that, the former Manchester City manager had a seven-month spell as Notts County's director of football having managed Mexico's national team from June 2008 to April 2009.

Leicester, who were recently taken over by a Thai consortium, reached the play-off semi-finals last season under Nigel Pearson, who subsequently left to take charge at Hull City.

On the back of taking Swansea to the brink of the Championship play-offs last season, former Portugal international Sousa was then recruited by Mandaric but oversaw a woeful start to the season, with only five points gathered from Leicester's first nine league matches.

A Carling Cup run including away wins over Leeds and Portsmouth provided some relief.

But with many fans questioning Sousa's tactics and team selection, his fate was sealed by a 6-1 league defeat by Pompey, followed by a 4-3 loss at Norwich.

Eriksson becomes Leicester's seventh manager since former Portsmouth owner Mandaric took over in 2007.



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see also
Leicester 3-1 Scunthorpe
02 Oct 10 |  Championship
Pearson takes swipe at Leicester
02 Oct 10 |  Leicester
Manager Sousa sacked by Leicester
01 Oct 10 |  Leicester
Norwich 4-3 Leicester
28 Sep 10 |  Championship
Portsmouth 6-1 Leicester
24 Sep 10 |  Championship
Eriksson wants Premier League job
23 Jul 10 |  Fulham
Eriksson named Ivory Coast coach
29 Mar 10 |  African
New Notts owner as Eriksson exits
12 Feb 10 |  Notts County
Eriksson sacked as Mexico coach
02 Apr 09 |  Internationals


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ESPN Star Eriksson named Leicester manager - 5 hrs ago
The Scotsman Sven-Goran Eriksson says he is in for the long haul as he signs for two years at Leicester - 13 hrs ago
The Independent Paul Newman: Sven takes a turn on the Mandaric merry-go-round - 13 hrs ago
Clubcall Eriksson's new English challenge - 17 hrs ago
RTE Online Eriksson signs Leicester contract - 23 hrs ago


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