Out of all the Premier League football managers that should lose their jobs in the summer, would Sven-Goran Eriksson have been on anyone’s top three list? You could argue that Paul Jewell has done nothing to halt Derby’s depressing run of form (if anything, he’s made it worse), you might even say that Alan Curbishley has done little more than keep West Ham ticking over and may have taken the club as far as he can go.
However, the Swede wouldn’t have featured too strongly, especially with Manchester City achieving a creditable top-half finish, which included home and away wins against Manchester United. It’s with an air of disbelief that one picks up a copy of today’s Daily Telegraph to read that agent Athole Still has made his top client available for work to the highest bidder. Form an orderly queue gentlemen…
“He is unlikely to continue but it is still not 100 percent sure that he will leave Manchester City,” Still said.
“After the last game of the Premier League, in two weeks, it will be definitively determined if he stays or not. But If any club wants to talk with Eriksson, call me. All the people have my number.”
When the story broke two days ago that Sven was likely to leave Eastlands in the summer, it was met with almost universal incredulity by supporters of Manchester City. After all, the former England manager has been a vast improvement on Stuart Pearce, making City of Manchester Stadium something of a fortress and bringing in some top talent, such as Elano, Petrov, Corluka and Benjani. There’s only so much that can be achieved in a season – it takes time to build an impressive squad, even with a stack of dirty money.
The events of the next two weeks will be interesting for us neutrals but are likely to be deeply disappointing from a City perspective. Do Manchester City fans wish that Shinawatra had never bothered buying the club in the first place?