What more could Eriksson have done at Manchester City?

April 29, 2008

Pensive Sven

Sven-Goran Eriksson’s days as Manchester City coach seem to be numbered after his agent said the Swede was unlikely to still be at the club at the beginning of next season.

After a storming start to the season, defeats started creeping in but the end result is still a very respectable first season in charge and a special one for City fans as it included doing a rare double over city rivals United.

So will it be fair if he is shown the door? His agent said Eriksson would not resign, but perhaps he ought to cut his losses and get out of a club where owner Thaksin Shinawatra seems to air his frustrations to the media before discussing them with his coach.

Bookmakers have installed Portugal coach Luiz Felipe Scolari as the favourite to be the next City manager, but would anyone want to take a job working for Thaksin after seeing how Eriksson has been handled?

And where could Eriksson go next?

Sonia Oxley, London

PHOTO: Manchester City manager Sven-Goran Eriksson watches the English Premier League match against Bolton Wanderers, Dec 15, 2007. REUTERS/Phil Noble


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Shinawatra is a loose cannon; this is a win-win for Sven. He won’t be unemployed for long. Some think he’s headed back to Benfica, which is a possibility, but I think there are bigger fish he could snare.
As for Scolari going to City, doubtful. I don’t see it.
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Posted by Mike | Report as abusive

Mr. Thaksin should leave Manchester City, MCF not Eriksson.

Why are everybody writing about the resignation of Eriksson and not demanding Mr. Thaksin to leave the club? He is incompetent to run a football club and now it seams that he do not even have the money. If you are a real MCF fan you should end your support for MFC as long as Mr. Thaksin is owner.

MCF fan, but only if Mr. Thaksin is out.

Posted by Lars Larsson | Report as abusive

As soon as Thaksin said his piece the other week about Eriksson’s future being decided at the end of the season you knew the genial old Swede was on his way out. I can’t see a queue lining up to take his place either. Once again though, Sven will be laughing all the way to the bank along with his ever-loyal agent Atholl Still.

Posted by Jon | Report as abusive

Sven’s had a promising first season in charge at Man City and it seems a mistake to show him the door. I think most fans will be both sad to see him leave and worried at the conduct of their new chairman.

It would be hard to justify his sacking. Whilst he has spent a lot of money, he has turned them into a decent footballing team and some of his signings have looked worthwhile. Just what was he expected to achieve in one season?

Rumours of Thaskin’s desire for a different manager have been doing the rounds for some time now, so this doesn’t come as a shock. Perhaps Sven is better off out of it. His performance this season certainly won’t keep him out of work for long.

Thaskin will have to be willing to part with a lot of cash to tempt Big Phil to the blue half of Manchester. His conduct thus far certainly won’t be giving off the right message for any possible Sven replacement.

Posted by Neil | Report as abusive

What more could he have done? He has restored respect for Manchester City, given us our best ever season in the Premiership, brought in a group of very good players and most of all he has given the supporters a sense of realistic optimism for the first time in many years. As a season ticket holder of many years Dr Thaksin Shinawatra gave us hope, whether he is being badly advised or not I do not know, but he is now reducing Manchester City to a laughing stock yet again and I for one am disgusted and disillusioned. Sven Goran Ericsson deserves better – MUCH better.

Posted by Jill Swindells | Report as abusive