Sven-Goran Eriksson has said he is sorry he will not be able to lead Leicester City into the Premier League after leaving the club on Monday.
The ex-England boss left his role as Foxes manager by mutual consent after a mixed start to the Championship season.
In a statement issued by the League Managers Association Eriksson said: “It was always my aim to lead the club into the Premier League.
“I am very sorry that I won’t be able to do that.”
He added: “I have always thought, and still believe now, that the club will be promoted this season.
“The current squad is capable and ready to achieve promotion, but football is a results industry and unfortunately we couldn’t quite get things right enough of the time.
“Being the manager of Leicester City was an absolute pleasure and I wish everyone connected with the club the best of luck. Leicester City is a great club and I am certain that with the current owners in charge the club will go from strength to strength.
“To the players; old, new, everyone in the squad, I would like to say thank you. You are a talented group and I am hopeful that you will achieve success very soon.
“To the staff at the club; both at the stadium and the training ground – you treated me like a king and I shall miss working with you all.
“Last but not least, to the fans; I want to say a huge thank you for your support. You are fantastic people and I will never forget the way you welcomed me in to your club. I am just sorry that I won’t be on the bench the day you reach the Premier League.”