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Sven's The Man

Sven's The Man

With Thaksin Shinawatra today all but completing his takeover, City unveiled Sven Goran Eriksson as the new manager.

Although the appointment was the worst kept secret in football, it was not until two-thirty this afternoon that Eriksson finally signed a three year deal.

Speaking at a press conference this afternoon, Eriksson faced his press critics and outlined why he chose to accept the job.

Eriksson said that the Manchester City job was one of the biggest in football and that that coupled with the ambition being shown by the new owners was enough to pursuade him.

Eriksson told those in attendance that there would be additions to the squad but did not speculate any further than that on potential transfer targets.

Eriksson also confirmed that Tord Grip would be working behind the scenes as a link between the various teams; however reports that Roland Andersson would accompany Sven as his assistant manager were found to be wide of the mark. Sven said he will now announce his assistant on Monday or Tuesday.

All in all Eriksson said all the right things despite the predictable press harrassment over his last managerial post.

Now the takeover is done and dusted and we have a manager in place let's hope we can start reporting new signings and approach the season with anticipation instead of trepadation.

The future looks a lot brighter today and especially for the sceptical amongst you take a look at Sven's club record below. Add three World Cup quarter finals, an England win percentage of 80.3% and a European Cup Runners up spot and things are looking a lot better than we could have guessed, or hoped for, just six months ago.

Swedish Cup Winners Gothenburg 1979

Swedish Cup Winners Gothenburg 1982

Swedish League Champions Gothenburg 1981

Swedish League Champions Gothenburg 1982

UEFA Cup Winners Gothenburg 1982

Portuguese League Benfica Champions 1983

Portuguese League Champions Benfica 1984

Portuguese Cup Winners Benfica 1983

Italian Cup Winners Roma 1986

Portuguese League Champions Benfica 1991

Italian Cup Winners Sampdoria 1994

Italian Cup Winners Lazio 1998

Italian Cup Winners Lazio 2000

Italian Super Cup Winners Lazio 1998

UEFA Cup Winners' Cup Winners Lazio 1999

UEFA Super Cup Winners Lazio 1999

Italian League Champions Lazio 2000

Writer:Andy Leggott
Date:Friday July 6 2007
Time: 4:46PM


Not sure he'll work right for you, but only time will tell...
Oh East London...
06/07/2007 17:01:00
The press were a ******** embarrasment as ever. They won't let the Ingerland issue drop. Sven's problem with Ingerland was that the nation is delusional in its expectations. We are not good enough to win the World Cup .... ffs we're struggling to qualify for the Euro's on the same points as Israel. At least SGE never struggled with qualification.
06/07/2007 17:06:00
Well said Ronin and impressive stats, Andy. I thought Svennis came across as shrewd and sensible at the press conference. All power to him. Eastlands will be rocking in August.
Johnny Baguette
06/07/2007 17:35:00
I hope he does well to stick one up the English press and all of the "fans" who thought it was his fault, and not the players, that the national team flopped. Sven is one of the best club managers in Europe, and I hope he gets a fair crack of the whip.
06/07/2007 17:49:00
His record stands comparison with anyone in the post-Ramsey era. I can recall a period of time when ingerland regularly didn't qualify for championships. The only question marks for me (apart from his personal indiscretions - a tabloid sting and some skirt perhaps) is his ability to play the game with a high and aggresive tempo, we saw with ingerland that the italian style was his game 1-0 and drop-off.
Craig Cain
06/07/2007 18:27:00
The difference between being an international manager and a club manager is that the latter you are not stuck to playing all your players from the same country. it will take time, and I for one am looking forward to who he gets as his number one, hope it is not fazakerly and who he will sign. I do even care if he works his way through the girls of bradford, ancoats and Openshaw as long as it does not interfere with his job.
Buzz Lightyear
06/07/2007 19:23:00
Surely for a man of Sven's calibre it's got to be the girls from Wilmslow, Hale Barns and Alderley Edge :-)
06/07/2007 20:05:00
He is not my favourite manager, but that is because we have a different opinion in some matters of football. He is also a weak match coach. But he is without no doubt one of the 20-25 best managers in the game. He will bring structure, calm (if he keep his zipper up) to your club. He will also attract better players than say Pearce. Even though he comes in late. I have to admitt I am impressed of his courage to take on a PL-club after how the British media treated him. I actually admire his guts in this and wish him the best of luck. As Isaksson, whom I am a great admirer of, he will be one of the top 10 goalies within a year. in the world. Could never understand how Pearce could keep him off the team. He is not Cech, but good enough. Good luck. And beat Man U, please.
06/07/2007 21:24:00
Got news for you Buzz - it will effect his job. The press are lining up for another shot at the guy. As for Openshaw - Spock and Kirk found no sign of sentient life when last landed
Craig Cain
06/07/2007 21:49:00
Spot on Craig. You can see the undertones creeping out of sports hacks articles already. One esteemed paper this morning referred to West Ham fans as being notoriously unforgiving. Obviously looking to stir a "campaign" up of sorts. I think that's an insult to Hammers fans for starters who I've always had respect for.
Johnny Baguette
07/07/2007 08:31:00
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