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Backe sets sights on promotion

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Hans Backe has vowed to lead Notts County to promotion this season after signing a three-year deal to become the League Two club's new manager.

The Swede was confirmed as the new boss after arriving at Meadow Lane on Tuesday morning with compatriot Sven-Goran Eriksson, County's director of football, to finalise his contract as Ian McParland's successor.

"I feel hungry and really motivated to do this. We should go up in the first year, no doubt," he told Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet.

Backe has been friends with Eriksson since the 1980`s but the two have only worked together in the recent past - when the 57-year-old was Eriksson`s assistant at Manchester City and the Mexico national team.

Like Eriksson, he was on the shortlist to become the next coach of Sweden having won four Danish titles in his own right as a manager with FC Copenhagen and Aalborg.

Backe had been due to discuss the manager's job with Swedish FA, but instead opted for County after deciding what remains of his managerial career should be at club level.

"I want to get back into the daily routine with practice, I've felt a longing for a long time now. It's possible that the next two to three years will be my last as a club manager," he added.

"Now I look forward to good results at Notts County."

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