Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Eriksson Out at Manchester City?

Sven-Goran Eriksson is apparently out as Manchester City manager. Winners of just two of their last 12, City owner and human rights offender Thaksin Shinawatra has been hinting about this possible move over the past few weeks.

Sky Sports reports this quote from Eriksson's agent Athole Still:
"That's the way that it's looking - believe me I don't know, I am just giving an answer and a reasonably-formed opinion - it's looking odds against. It's just developments over the last couple of days. If Dr Shinawatra was going to give his ringing support we would have heard it over the last couple of days."
Eriksson and Shinawatra met over the weekend, and the manager's fate was apparently decided then.

No biggie for Sven really. He got City off to a furious start, and his track record is nothing to sneeze at. He won't be collecting unemployment checks for long. Some reports have Eriksson headed back to one of his old stomps at Benfica. Marcello Lippi has apparently snubbed the Portuguese club. Eriksson has twice coached at Benfica, winning three domestic championships, a Portuguese Cup and was runner-up in the UEFA Cup in 1982-83, losing to Anderlecht.

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