Eriksson leads Leicester into West Brom battle as Foxes fans look for stability

Sven-Goran Eriksson continues life at Leicester City tonight when the Foxes host Premier League surprise package West Bromwich Albion at the Walkers Stadium in the League Cup. The former England manager replaced Paulo Sousa earlier this month and has so far guided the Championship team to a draw, a win and a defeat in his three games in charge and Lance Tomlyn, Chairman of the Leicester City Independent Supporters Association, believes it is still too soon to rate the new boss.

The results have been mixed so far but it’s too early to judge Sven yet. He’s asked to be judged after a couple of months which will take us up to Christmas. By then hopefully we will have seen what the guy is all about and hopefully results will have improved.” Life under Eriksson got off to a near-perfect start when Andy King netted just three minutes into the game with Hull City only for Robert Koren to level and, since then, Tomlyn says Eriksson’s approach has been simple: “He’s brought in a couple of Premier League-quality players in Kyle Naughton and Curtis Davies on loan to help out in defence, which seems to be one of our weaknesses this season, but other than that it would appear he’s just taken the squad back to basics.

Eriksson arrives in the East Midlands after a turbulent summer for the club that saw Nigel Pearson leave for Hull to be replaced by ex-Swansea City manager Paulo Sousa. But after just a couple of months in charge, the Portuguese was dispensed with by the club’s new Thai owners. Tomlyn stresses how the one thing Leicester fans desire – after results – is constancy: “The one thing the supporters asked for, after winning games of course, was a bit of stability at the club. We’d seen managers, players and backroom staff come and go we hardly recognised them. With Nigel Pearson we thought we’d finally got that stability and success we’d been craving. We had a settled squad that was committed and had proved they had the ability to get out of the division.

We can only hope that Sven will be around long enough to make the impact we hope for. If you can believe what you read he is up for the challenge and the new owners seem to be giving him the backing he needs. It’s just a shame we’ve got off to such a bad start as it has to be very long odds against us making getting promoted this season, but you never know.

Turning his attention to tonight’s encounter with the impressive Baggies, Tomlyn feels Roberto Di Matteo’s side will provide a stiff examination for Eriksson’s fledging outfit: “The game with West Brom will be a good test for Sven. They are flying high in the Premier League and are obviously playing well so a good display against them would be a big feather in his cap. Any kind of a result would be a minor miracle, but I believe the squad will be up for it and anything can happen. I never predict anything but a Leicester win so 2-1 to Leicester or maybe a 1-1 draw and Leicester winning on penalties.”

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