Sunday, 3 October 2010

Sven confirmed as new Foxes boss

Sven-Goran Eriksson has been confirmed at a press conference this morning as the new manager of Leicester City, the fifteenth man to take on the task since 2004.

Club chairman Milan Mandaric said of the appointment, "Mr Eriksson is going to be special to this club on the field and as an ambassador for the club."

The Swede, who was England manager for five years, losing just five games in the process, has also managed clubs to success in Portugal, Italy and his native Sweden, winning domestic and European titles with the likes of Roma, Lazio and Benfica. Most recently he had an ill-fated stint as head coach of the Mexican national team and he took temporary charge of the Ivory Coast during this summer's World Cup in South Africa.

Eriksson spoke at this morning's announcement of his two-year contract and said that he was ambitious as to the club's future after meeting with chairman Milan Mandaric and the club's Thai investors.

"I want to manage in the Premier League again; that's why I'm here," said Eriksson, "I have to start to work with [the players] before we can make signings in January, but yesterday they played well and fought with big hearts.

"I am happy to be here - the ambitions of the club are fantastic."
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