Leicester City In The 21st Century: 2010/11
Sousa arrives on Filbert Way
On 7 July, 2010, following the departure of Nigel Pearson to Hull City, former Portugal midfielder and Swansea City manager Paulo Sousa becomes the Club's first non-British or Irish manager.
กลุ่มบริษัท คิง เพาเวอร์ เข้าซื้อสโมสรอย่างเป็นทางการในวันที่ 8 สิงหาคม 2010 พร้อมกับเริ่มภารกิจแรกด้วยการปรับปรุงสนามซ้อมของสโมสรอย่าง บีเวอร์ ไดรฟ์ เพื่อเป้าหมายสู่การผ่านการตรวจมาตราฐานให้ได้เป็น สนามระดับ 1 ของประเทศ
A summer of change
The arrival of midfielder Yuki Abe from Urawa Red Diamonds is one of eight summer signings made by the Foxes.
New and old
Paulo Sousa's first team squad was a mix of players who had so narrowly missed out on promotion the season before and new recruits secured during the summer transfer window.
Waghorn secured full-time
After three defeats and one draw from Paulo Sousa's first four league games in charge, striker Martyn Waghorn, who impressed on loan the previous year, joins Leicester for a reported £2M fee from Sunderland.
Off the mark
The reliable figure of Andy King nets a brace on 14 September, 2010 in a 2-0 success over Cardiff City in which the Foxes exhibit the style of football Paulo Sousa is striving to bring to the Club.
A change in management
Following his sixth league loss in nine opening fixtures, Paulo Sousa leaves Leicester City on 1 October, 2010.
An appointment is made
City defeat Scunthorpe United with Chris Powell and Mike Stowell in temporary charge before former England manager Sven-Göran Eriksson, who watched Leicester's clash with the Iron from the stands, is confirmed as the Club's new full-time manager.
Eriksson's first game in charge
Sven-Göran Eriksson's maiden match in charge sees the Swede come up against former manager Nigel Pearson, now at Hull City, in an entertaining 1-1 draw on Filbert Way.
Sven-Göran Eriksson wastes little time in adding to his Foxes squad with the loan signings of defenders Curtis Davies and Kyle Naughton. Greg Cunningham, Roman Bednář and Chris Kirkland would also join before the New Year.
A memorable Leeds success
The former Lazio and Manchester City manager's first win at the Club, meanwhile, comes three days later as new loan signing Kyle Naughton and striker Steve Howard net the goals in a 2-1 victory at Elland Road.
An upward trajectory
The Foxes begin to gradually climb the Championship standings and a 5-1 success over Doncaster Rovers, including Paul Gallagher's inventive penalty technique, offers a glimpse of the future Sven-Göran Eriksson wants to bring to Leicester.
New Year optimism
Despite a frustrating run of form over Christmas, the Foxes recover on New Year's Day to seal a 1-0 triumph at Hull City. It would commence a run of seven wins in eight games to propel the Foxes up the league standings.
Denying Man City
Leicester put in another impressive performance in a 2-2 FA Cup Third Round draw with Roberto Mancini's Manchester City in early January. While City would eventually lose 4-2 at Etihad Stadium, it was another encouraging sign.
The loan signing of Yakubu from Everton on 13 January, 2011 further demonstrates the Club's ambitions to challenge for promotion, despite being in early relegation contention when Sven-Göran Eriksson joined.
Following Chris Powell's departure to manage Charlton Athletic, ex-Bayern Munich and Liverpool midfielder Dietmar Hamann joins Sven-Göran Eriksson's backroom team after a short spell as player-coach at MK Dons.
A period of transition
Following Sven-Göran Eriksson's arrival, Darius Vassell, Kyle Naughton, Curtis Davies, Greg Cunningham, Roman Bednář, Chris Kirkland, Ben Mee, Sol Bamba, Yakubu, Patrick van Aanholt, Ricardo, Jeffrey Bruma and Diomansy Kamara added to the quality at the Swede's disposal.
Beating the Rams
Sublime goals from Yakubu and Andy King register a 2-0 win at Nigel Clough's Derby County in February as everything appears to be clicking into place for the Foxes.
A frustrating spell
After such supreme form in the New Year, the Foxes' fortunes begin to stutter from late February onwards. Yakubu scores a hat-trick at Middlesbrough on 2 April, but a 94th-minute equaliser from Stephen McManus at Riverside Stadium denies the Foxes all three points.
Alan 'The Birch' Birchenall marked Leicester's final game of the season with his 31st charity run, raising thousands of pounds for local causes with 50 laps around the Filbert Way pitch.
Signing off with a win
Leicester end the 2010/11 campaign with a 4-2 success over Ipswich Town on home soil, as Andy King, Yakubu, Yuki Abe and Diomansy Kamara find the net to secure a 10th-placed finish in the Championship.
Looking to the future
Despite missing out on a play-off berth, optimism was rife ahead of a summer which would see the Club invest in Sven-Göran Eriksson's first team squad ahead of another promotion bid...