Sven 'appointed new Leicester boss'
Published 11:22 01/10/10 By Alan Nixon
Sven Goran Eriksson is set for a sensational return to management with Leicester City.
The former England boss will take charge of the rock-bottom Foxes after Paulo Sousa was sacked just nine games into the Championship season.
Leicester have already agreed a two-year contract with Eriksson who is due to start work on Monday, even though the club will be in Thailand during the international break. Eriksson will take on the job despite also agreeing to join Arabian side Al Hilal on a one-year £1.2m deal.
The Swede had shaken hands on the Al Hilal post and was due to fly to Riyadh once they were out of the Arabian Champions League.
Leicester approached Eriksson via agent Pini Zahavi before axing Sousa, smoothing the way for the move to go through.
Former Leicester boss Martin O’Neill was also approached.
Eriksson is set to commit to a two-year deal although he wants to hear the club’s plans after falling for false promises at Notts County a year ago.
Leicester are now backed by cash from Thailand and Indonesia and representatives of those groups have singled out Eriksson because of his name and experience.
Sousa had a rough start to the season with Leicester but was given little time to succeed. His sacking brought a furious response from the League Managers’ Association.
Chairman Milan Mandaric has now seen off six managers and LMA boss Richard Bevan said: “How can a chairman expect to deliver success when a talented manager is recruited and dismissed within three months?
“Knee-jerk dismissals and the chopping and changing of managers will not deliver success on the field and is incredibly destabilising.”