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Can Manchester City owner really be in hunt for Chelsea’s castaway?

Who would you prefer as your manager – sneaky Sven-Goran Eriksson or Avram Grant? It appears that in the case of Thaksin Shinawatra, the latter ticks all the right boxes as far as a potential replacement for the Swede is concerned. That bastion of truth and honesty, The Sun, reports that the Israeli, who’s currently laughing all the way to the bank, might make a swift return to the Premier League. Is this about as unbelievable as it gets or is the ex-Blues boss about to get even richer?

Portugal chief Luiz Felipe Scolari is also in the frame but a source close to the deal said: “Thaksin has made no secret of his wish to employ Scolari but he’s going cold on that deal.

Replacing Sven Goran Eriksson has stirred up a hornet’s nest but Grant’s achievements at Chelsea make him a very credible successor.

“City expect Scolari to snub them and reckon Grant fits the bill.”

While the club might have the first part of that statement spot on (the Portuguese coach not wanting the job), it’s hard to imagine the City fans would be best pleased with Eriksson being replaced by Grant, especially when you consider both men’s track record. Sven might not have been brilliant as England coach but he achieved a top-half finish for City and has previous history of winning a lot of silverware for clubs he has managed. Contrast this with Grant, whose Chelsea team finished the season potless despite having a squad full of world-class players at his disposal.

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