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Will Manchester City really sack Sven?

They may have recorded an unlikely win at Sunderland, yet many of the Sunday newspapers are reporting that Sven-Goran Eriksson is in the firing line at Manchester City. The Times reports that the Swede’s days could be numbered after the team’s poor results in the past few months, which has led to them sliding down the league table.

Thaksin Shinawatra, the Thai billionaire who owns City, is unhappy that his club have tumbled from third to eighth, with qualification for Europe now an improbable hope. Thailand’s former prime minister made a place in next season’s Uefa Cup the minimum requirement after a promising start under Eriksson.

It seemed like a match made in heaven back in August, when the new-look City team won their opening game at West Ham before beating Manchester United in the derby. Indeed, it seemed probable that they would easily bag a UEFA Cup place as we entered the final month of the year, but the habit of recording home wins seems to have deserted the club who have been without a decent striker for much of the season.

Will City fans be glad to see him go or is this precisely the lack of continuity which has seen the club’s fortunes fluctuate wildly in the past couple of decades?

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