Sven-Goran Eriksson clearly wasn’t pleased by his team’s performance during Manchester City’s 1-1 draw with West Ham, but he’s reserved most of his ire for certain members of the Swedish press. The Press Association report that Eriksson blew his gasket at the weekend press conference, denying a bust-up between Andreas Isaksson and himself.
When asked by a Swedish journalist why Isaksson had not been handed a chance, Eriksson said: “Sitting in Sweden and criticising what we do at Carrington is easy but I don’t think it’s fair. What hurt me is that one newspaper said that Isaksson and myself had a fight. That’s absolute rubbish – there has never been one bad word between us.”
He added: “He’s too professional for that and I am also too professional to start fighting with players.
“I took the decision and he accepted it, even if he was not happy about it.”
Indeed, it’s hard to question the City manager’s decision to field Joe Hart in goal this season, given the youngster’s impressive performances to date. However, Isaksson will surely need first-team action if he’s to represent Sweden during Euro 2008?