Manchester City defender Michael Ball has backed Sven Goran Eriksson to turn the club's fortunes around.
Ball has been impressed by Eriksson's impact since taking over at Eastlands earlier this summer.
The former England manager has wasted little time in the transfer market by bringing in no less than eight new players, with more new faces expected before the close of the transfer window.
Ball is excited by the changes at City and believes the future looks bright for the club under Eriksson.
Excited"Things have been going well this pre-season and there have been a lot of changes at the club," Ball told skysports.com, whilst speaking at the Premier League's 'Creating Chances' launch.
"Sven has come in and it has been good under him.
"He is totally different to Stuart Pearce in that they both have different ideas on how they like to play.
"I am thankful to Stuart for bringing me to Manchester City and I am looking forward to playing for Sven now."
ExpectationsBall admits expectations are going to be high at City now following the appointment of Eriksson and the takeover by Thaksin Shinawatra.
"Expectations are going to be high this season with all the money being spent on new players, but expectations are always going to be high at a club like Manchester City," continued Ball.
"We all want to do better than last season and finish as high up the table as we can."
Ball, who signed a two-year deal at City in July, is happy with the influx of new players and he joked he may have to learn a few new languages as he gets to know his cosmopolitan team-mates.
"We have brought in a lot of new players and they have all looked very good in training and in pre-season," noted Ball.
"We needed to bring in a few players as we lost some last season and it is exciting to see so many new faces.
"We are just trying to get to know each other and maybe I will need to learn a few more languages so that we can understand each other!"