Sven-Goran Eriksson embraces Foxes pressure

Leicester City boss Sven-Goran Eriksson has welcomed the fact he is expected to lead the club into the Premier League at the end of next season.

The Foxes' promotion dream faltered in an inconsistent end to this campaign but hopes were low after a poor start.

However, Eriksson said the club's owners want a big improvement.

"I have regular meetings and I know they want Premier League, and probably they will say it is a must - which is good," he told BBC East Midlands Today.

"We have to do better next season and we have to be promoted next season."

Leicester were bottom of the table when Paulo Sousa was sacked as manager on 1 October last year.

Eriksson was confirmed as boss two days later and set about transforming the club's fortunes.

A host of new faces, some impressive displays and some equally impressive results saw them ease away from the relegation zone and move towards the play-off places by the end of January.

But they slowly slipped out of contention and their hopes were effectively ended when they lost 3-2 to Nottingham Forest in April.

Eriksson had mixed feeling about his side's season.

"If you look at where the club was when I came in then it is success," he explained.

"But if you look at how we played football in January and February then it is a little bit of a failure.

"We all thought that at least play-offs should be possible but we haven't been consistent at all.

"I am a little bit disappointed, I think we all are. During the last four of five weeks we haven't been winning the amount of games we should have won."

The club's Thai owners have invested heavily in the side since taking over in August 2010 with the aim of securing top-flight football as soon as possible.

"The target is the same as it was the first day the owners came here - the Premier League - and they haven't changed that at all," the Swede added.

Eriksson knows that will mean a hectic close season in the transfer market.

"It will be a busy summer of course but that is good," he said.

"We have six players on loan (Diomansy Kamara, Yakubu, Ben Mee, Jeffrey Bruma, Kyle Naughton and Patrick van Aanholt) so first of all we have to know how many of these we can keep and we want to keep.

"The clubs they belong to haven't decided yet what to do for next season so I am waiting for answers.

"All six are extremely good players. We will wait and see what the clubs say."

And the former England boss is also well aware there is a limit on what he can spend.

"You have to be reasonable," he added.

"You can't spend money like a big Premier League club as long as you are in the Championship. I know that the money is here and they are willing to spend it but we cannot pay wages as the big Premier League clubs are paying."

A big spending spree could well happen should Eriksson deliver top-flight football to the Walkers Stadium.

And he wants to be in charge - as long as the club's ambitions match his own.

"If it depends on me I will be here," Eriksson added. "I am happy to work for a good club with good ambitions - which is very, very important.

"If the owner comes in and tells me they don't have ambitions any more - which will not happen - then I am not interested."

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