Eriksson thrilled with GB haul
UK Athletics Olympics head coach Peter Eriksson hailed his first major championships in the job a "big success".
Eriksson, who took over from Charles van Commenee after London 2012, saw his young team win six medals on the final day, including three golds, to finish the European Indoors in Gothenburg with eight medals.
Perri Shakes-Drayton was the standout performer at the Scandinavium Arena with double gold in the 400 metres and the 4x400m relay, while the men's relay team also took the continental title, Eilidh Child and Nigel Levine won silver in the women's and men's 400m respectively and Mukhtar Mohammed battled to a brave bronze in the 800m.
Those achievements added to Holly Bleasdale's pole vault gold and James Dasaolu's 60m silver to leave Eriksson very happy with his team, which did not feature Olympic champions Jessica Ennis, Mo Farah and Greg Rutherford.
It meant the new chief's era started with double the number of medals Van Commenee won in his first championships - the European Indoors in Turin in 2009 yielded just four.
The Swede, who was in charge of Great Britain's Paralympic athletes at London 2012, said: "I think this was a great eight medals.
"I think there were a lot of season's bests and personal bests for the team. All of the women made finals and it was only a few guys who didn't reach their finals so I think this was a big success for us.
"We selected a whole team to be potential finalists and that is important for us moving forward to get the medal count up.
"It's a championship so we need people to be in finals to get medals. When you get to this level you have got to step up to championship potential."
The eight-medal total was just short of the team's haul of nine from 2001 in Paris and only two off their best-ever total. Four golds was Britain's equal best number of that colour at a European Indoors since 1994 and put them second to Russia in the medal standings.
Eriksson added: "We said we wanted to do better (than in Paris). I think we did better as we had one more gold than last time."
Shakes-Drayton, a 400m hurdles specialist, left Sweden with two titles to her name to go some way toward making up for the disappointment of missing out on the Olympic final, when injury cost her the chance of bidding for a medal in her home city.
The Londoner, who clocked a second personal best in two days of 50.85 seconds to win the individual title before anchoring a team also featuring Child, Shana Cox and Christine Ohuruogu to relay victory, said: "With every disappointment I think you get stronger and that's the case with me."
She confirmed she would be returning to the hurdles for the outdoor season.
The men's 4x400m team were made to sweat before their gold medal was confirmed after they were briefly disqualified, having crossed the line streets ahead of the field.
The quartet of Michael Bingham, Richard Buck, Levine and Richard Strachan were disqualified while on their lap of honour because Buck stepped off the track, but they were quickly reinstated as the York athlete was clearly impeded.