It's been short, sharp but not perhaps a shock to see the working methods of former England Manager Sven-Goran Eriksson turning Leicester City's npower Championship season in the right direction.

Before his five-year spell in charge of the England team Eriksson successfully managed at club level in his native Sweden, Portugal and Italy, becoming the only Manager to date to achieve a League and Cup double in three different countries.

League and Cup doubles may be on a distant horizon for the Foxes, but since Eriksson's arrival they have at least put behind them their dreadful start to the season and moved towards a position from which they could challenge for promotion.

When the 62-year-old Swede took charge on 3rd October his team were in the relegation zone - seven matches later they are sitting at 15th in the Championship table and only four points off the promotion places with 29 games remaining.

Three wins and a draw in the last four outings have lifted the spirits and confidence of everyone involved at the Walkers Stadium, where Eriksson says he has simply used the modus operandi that has served him so well in the past.

"I've done what I've normally done wherever I've been," said the hugely experienced Manager, whose previous work in England included a Premier League stint with Manchester City and a spell last season as Director of Football at Notts County.

"I make training short but sharp with high intensity," added Eriksson. "I want to see a team move the ball quickly, one and two-touch, and to play the ball forward rather than too much in the back line.

"It's not enough to work like this now and then, you have to do it every day and we do that. We are getting better, not just going forward but becoming more aggressive when we defend - we bite a bit more, you have to do that in this League.

"In parts of every game we have played the team has played like this, the way I want to see them play, but it is difficult to do it over 90 minutes in a very tough, aggressive League like the Championship.

"You have to be 100 per cent for 90 minutes in every game, though. If you don't do that you don't win matches. But if we go on playing like we have been at our best, then the future is very good for us."

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