Eriksson: promotion a long way off
Monday 11 October 2010
New Leicester City manager Sven Goran Eriksson has admitted his side's promotion hopes remain distant after beginning his reign with a 2-0 victory over Thailand on Saturday. Leicester sit third from bottom of the Championship after taking just eight points from their opening 10 matches.
"I cannot say when we will be promoted but we will try our best," the 62-year-old, who took over a week ago, said. "Right now, our position is not good. At no point have I ever said we have to play Premier League football next season. It is very clear from the owners that they want to be in the Premier League, but whether it will take one year or more I don't know."
First-half goals from Martyn Waghorn and Paul Gallagher earned the Foxes a 2-0 win over a Thai national side managed by former England captain Bryan Robson. The visitors also had a Steve Howard effort disallowed, while both scorers struck the woodwork in a humid Supachalasai Stadium in Bangkok. The club have now returned to England ahead of Saturday's home game with Hull City.
"We did a lot of good things but other things we must be better on," Eriksson said. "It was good to see the team. They made a lot of effort to be disciplined and keep their shape."
The Swede hopes to bring in some new faces to help lift Leicester up the table. "There will probably be players arriving," he said. "I spoke to the owner and said 'How much money is on the table?' and the answer was 'You tell
me what you need', so that is good."
Threat of 'catastrophic cascade of collisions' must be averted, warn scientists
Latest in Sport
Robin van Persie: Manchester United may have more joy if striker is dropped by David Moyes
Why does Manuel Pellegrini keep picking Martin Demichelis?
Tim Sherwood receives backing from Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy following heavy Chelsea defeat
England 29 Wales 18 player ratings: Who was the star man at Twickenham?
Bayern Munich v Arsenal: Arsene Wenger pleads for 'fair chance' from referee in Champions League clash
- 1 Australian man Rod Sommerville reacts to bite from deadly snake by reaching for cold beer
- 2 Pakistan vs Paul Smith: Sandal-wearers bemused by famed British designer's attempts to sell traditional Peshawari chappal-style shoes for the distinctly untraditional sum of £300
- 3 North Korea elections: Kim Jong-un wins 100% of the vote
- 4 Grace Dent: Who cares if she spells it Barraco Barner? Gemma Worrall is more employable than some bookish arts graduate
- 5 Sharknado 2: Former WWE wrestler Kurt Angle to fight second wave of flying sharks
Britain's top vet sparks controversy with call for ban on slashing animals' throats in 'ritual' slaughters for halal and kosher meat products
Poor 'live like animals' says Boris's privately educated sister after going on 'poverty safari'
Exclusive: Impact of immigrants on British workers ‘negligible’
Vince Cable: Teachers 'know absolutely nothing' about the world of work
Ukraine crisis: Russia pledges to 'retaliate against sanctions' as Ukrainian president says Crimea vote will not be recognised
The quiet diplomat: Catherine Ashton - recognised and admired in all the world’s troubled countries, yet ridiculed at home