League Insider - Sven
Rob Parrish looks at Sven Goran Eriksson's appointment in our Football League feature.
Last Updated: 18/10/10 12:39pm
Sven Goran Eriksson is back in English football and his arrival guarantees Leicester will find themselves under the spotlight in the coming weeks.
The former England boss was ushered through the seemingly revolving door to the manager's office at the Walkers Stadium by chairman Milan Mandaric to occupy the seat which was presumably still warm from Paulo Sousa's abrupt departure on Thursday.
Sousa, who was only appointed in the summer following Nigel Pearson's departure to Hull City, was given the very public backing of Mandaric on Wednesday afternoon. He probably started packing his bags at that point.
Eriksson will become the eighth manager to lead the Foxes since Mandaric took control of the club in February 2007, with only Pearson, who guided them to the League One title and then into last season's play-offs, managing to survive for more than a few months.
Pearson is clearly unhappy at events which have occurred at the club he left behind in the summer, admitting in the wake of Sousa's sacking: "Me and the staff took two years to build something there, which has subsequently been dismantled."
This is clearly a transitional period for Leicester, with Mandaric hoping to hand over power to the club's prospective new Thai owners, who are waiting to have their takeover rubber-stamped by the Football League, and the chairman admitting that his own stint in the East Midlands could be drawing to a close.
The marquee appointment of a manager such as Eriksson coupled with ambitious new owners from the Far East will raise expectation levels - something the Swede is not unaccustomed to from his time at Manchester City, although he will doubtless hope to avoid the fate which befell him at Eastlands.
Eriksson has also made a point of ensuring that the spectacular shambles of his stint as director of football at Notts County is not repeated, when the club's supposed wealthy new owners - who the Swede never met before being appointed - turned out to be anything but.
"The owners behind this are real - I have met them!" Eriksson confirmed. "They want to get to the Premier League as quickly as possible and they are willing to spend what is needed to reach that target. The money is there to support that idea."
Whether the Swede turns out to be the man to help Leicester achieve their dream remains to be seen, but he may be able to achieve the unique position of a manager outlasting chairman Mandaric at the Walkers Stadium.
Simon Davey became the ninth manager in England to be shown the door since the new season kicked off with his Hereford reign being brought to an abrupt end after just 10 games in League Two.
Davey only took charge at Edgar Street in the summer, following an equally brief stint at the helm of Darlington, where he resigned via email shortly before being unveiled by the Bulls.
But with the club rooted to the foot of the Football League with only one victory, four goals scored and 20 conceded, Davey was informed his services were no longer required. Perhaps it would have been fitting for him to receive the news via text message.
An astonishing 21 goals were scored in two of Saturday's League Two meetings as Accrington Stanley triumphed 7-4 over Gillingham and Chesterfield hit back from 4-1 and 5-3 down to salvage a 5-5 draw at home to Crewe.
The tally from the two stunning games at the Crown Ground and the B2net Stadium beat the combined total from the 10 other games in League Two and could only be equalled from the 12 League One fixtures.