Sven: For Whom The Thai Bell Tolls...
The talk of Sven-Goran Eriksson's impending departure from Manchester City is going into overdrive. Now his agent has spoken out over what threatens to become a sorry and pathetic episode in MCFC's history...
Following two meetings between Thaksin and Svennis that took place over the weekend and were referred to as 'cordial,' Athole Still revealed today that Sven faces the sack:
'I am giving a reasonably informed opinion and it is odds against him staying. It is the developments over the past couple of days. If Dr Shinawatra were going to give his ringing support, we would have heard it over the last couple of days.
'The one thing I can categorically say is that Sven will not be walking. You walk if you feel you have been doing a bad job and in Sven's case that is very, very far from the truth.'
Sven is also reported to have already addressed his staff and the players at Carrington who are said to have reacted angrily like thousands of Blues worldwide.
It could well be that the 50 Thai members of Parliament received by the club's owner and his advisors for the visit of Fulham gave Sven the big thumbs down. Let's face it, they would know as much about Premier league football as City's chairman and his Ronaldhino brother red carpeting accolytes do.
Time now to address any passing Manchester City FC spokesman in the hope that he can copy paste the following points for his boss's attention...
We have always tried to deal with facts at MCFC Vital. The facts regarding Sven's 10 month leadership of Manchester City include:
Sven is clearly supported by the vast majority of Manchester City supporters. He is a great ambassador for our club and maintains a close contact with the fans who have appreciated the way he has turned our team around. Sure, there has been frustration regarding the more cautious tactics that followed our drubbing at Chelsea and the playing system persisted with this year, but which club does not go through that kind of debate from time to time?
Considering the state of the playing squad Sven inherited and the pre season timescale he had to work with, then he can be best described as something of a miracle worker.
What an asset to any modern top flight European club Sven is with his array of language skills, nevermind his proven track record in club management.
We have enjoyed our most successful Premier League campaign ever and surpassed a previous best points total accrued when the season comprised of more games. We also haven't fallen out of the top nine all season and were 4th at the start of January.
Sven has beaten Taggart and the rags twice, both home and for the modern day era, an unprecedented away.
Sven has wholeheartedly backed and promoted City's Academy and young players to the hilt. Hart, Schmiechel, Ireland, Richards, Johnson, Onouha, Logan, Etuhu, Sturridge and Williamson will testify to that fact. The knowledge that if you are good enough Sven will select you, must surely have contributed to City's lads lifting the FA Youth Cup this season.
His signings including an accent on youth such as Gelson, Corluka, Elano and Petrov have all shone and Castillo, Caicedo and Bojinov show great promise.
The questions we must pose directly to Dr. Thaksin Shinawatra and his pisspoor advisors today are twofold. Which top class international manager will have watched developments at Eastlands this season and will answer your call to do your absolute bidding once you've dispatched Sven? Secondly, why risk bringing in a manager who might not continue to support our celebrated Academy?
Tens of thousands of Blues around the globe can answer those questions for you, but for that to happen you must first listen and secondly, be prepared to learn.
You are heading for inviting your guests to witness games played out in front of a sea of empty blue seats next season should you sack SGE.
City fans know all about instability and shattering the current set up only 10 months into it's tenure will have undoubted catastrophic consequences at Premier League level unless you are prepared to throw multi millions at the squad.
This correspondent supported last years takeover, such was my desperation at the time to see investment put into our debt ridden club whose squad at the end of last season were surefire certs for relegation.
Now that support feels increasingly misplaced as Sven and his men could be facing their last two games in charge of Manchester City which would be a disgrace. This Blue has bitten the bullet far too often.
In an attempt to get someone at the club to listen to the fans, please give your support to the on line Save Sven Petition: