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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

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Writer: Andy Leggott Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Friday July 6 2007

Time: 4:46PM

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Not sure he'll work right for you, but only time will tell...
Oh East London...
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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.
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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
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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.
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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
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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
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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 :-)
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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.
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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
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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
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07/07/2007 08:31:00

Ronin, I think there are some very nice girls around Mill Street. I do not think he looks at thire calibre
Buzz Lightyear
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07/07/2007 09:41:00

The aftermath of the press conference, a couple of reporters seemed to think he had something to prove to the City fans, for me we got the best manager available. The press will watch his every move with contempt. he was a far better manager of England than the present guy. He won most of his matches and it was not his fault that England was not blessed with fit world class stikers in the world cup and the sending off of Rooney did not help. I will be happy with a top half table finish anything more will be a bonus. Bernardy Mendy mentioned this am. good attacking right wing defender.
Buzz Lightyear
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07/07/2007 09:49:00

God help ya, Man City.
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07/07/2007 11:10:00

JB: On the Hammers situation - I think the final destination of the Tevez cash will reveal all. Iranian pimp or WHUFC? My money is on the former, and Sheff U really then do have a case.
Craig Cain
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07/07/2007 12:59:00

Absolutely, CC. That Labour MP who wants to stop the City takeover has got a job on if he wants to see Premier League football cleaned up!!
Johnny Baguette
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07/07/2007 14:19:00

Now for the fun part...attracting quality players!
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07/07/2007 16:55:00

Aamir, god was always a light blue, thats why he made the sky that colour. Craig, Bury were thrown out of the FA for fielding an illeligble player, I think Altrincham were docked points for the same offence.
Buzz Lightyear
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07/07/2007 17:03:00

i would laugh if the takeover fell through and sven had taken a job he didnt now want
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07/07/2007 17:27:00

Dales dad, you haven't got one of those crystal sets which is about a week old with the news, or have you been hiding somewhere for a couple of days and not turned on the radiogram.
Buzz Lightyear
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07/07/2007 18:53:00

Fact SGE is a top European manager.
Fact MCFC will be coming into a bit of money.
Fact its Citeh we are talking about. Expect a finish in 11th spot.
Aston Smithy
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07/07/2007 19:17:00

Heh-heh all round! My dread of us being held to ransom from here on got it's first signal today when Toulouse slapped a 17 million quid price tag on Elmander. Knackers to that. We need proven quality at that price. Interesting that Chelski are holding back on the mega bucks this summer while the rags go crazy. Some other clubs heading likewise. All indicators point to some serious money doing the rounds this month. Likewise players and their agents will be after big pay days. The bonus for City is we have got rid of a shedload of salaries already. Meanwhile, Aston Smithy, I hope your crystal ball is on the blink! Anyway, Frank in Hong Kong reckons it will be 3 years before we are in amongst it!
Johnny Baguette
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07/07/2007 20:22:00

Three years is about right all things being equal. There is a lot of money going into the Prem and the standard of the league will rise. So, whilst Frank is rich, so are a fair few others. United, Chelsea, Liverpool, Arsenal will be up there over the next three years. Spurs, Villa, Newcastle too with their money. West Ham are throwing it about. Doesn't look that rosey for Everton now. Bolton will drop out before long.
Then there is City. In what Rodney Marsh calls 'Tier2' with what 5 others? Birmingham may come into mega money if the HK business takes over. There there was rumours of that chap who owns Mittel Steel. World rich list number 5, makes Abromovich look small, he was rumoured to be looking to get involved. I hope not. The Prem has gone barmy. The only winners again will be the players and their leeches.
Aston Smithy
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07/07/2007 21:53:00

They are even coming into places like BLACKPOOL !!!
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08/07/2007 09:24:00

Rumour has it that David Platt has been offered the assistants job, he was under 21 coach under Sven.
Buzz Lightyear
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08/07/2007 10:28:00

The rumour about Platt was first mooted a couple of weeks ago. I see we are linked again with Yakubu. He was first rumoured to be on his way out of the Riverside for £3 million then there was talk of City being interested and the price was £6 million now the talk is of a ridiculous £14 MILLION !!!....what is the world coming to....
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08/07/2007 11:27:00

Frightening money out there. Couldn't agree more with Aston's comments. Selling clubs are going to hold out for crazy transfer fees. However, I've been told by people living and working in Thailand that Frank is nobody's fool and a very sharp businessman. I suppose he would not have rocketed from copper to owning companies without that approach. He has revealed he has an award from FIFA President Blatter for promoting football in Thailand. A clever statement when you consider the Premier League's "fit and proper person test" that fleet street keep pushing for. We may have two cunning characters running the club and the team. This being Manchester City I am not sure the hacks now know how to proceed with their usual dismissive belittling of the club!
Johnny Baguette
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08/07/2007 13:06:00

Alphieblues, I have faith in Sven on to pay over the odds for Yakubu, if at all. Pienaar a 25 yr old midfielder with Borussia mentioned. Headline 'Agents says Elmander staying' He does not say that at all, all the quote from this was that he has a contract with his present club and we will see what happens. Grosso, left back at Inter milan set for Lyon, apparently we have tried to make contact. If you look at football webpage and go to gossip, I fear that my effort at guessing the number of players associated with City will be way off the mark.One thing for certain is that whoever Sven brings in wont be a gamble, they will have proven skills and we will be grinning.
Buzz Lightyear
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08/07/2007 15:05:00

Well, given the inclusion of Theo Walcott into the England squad under Sven, may not the best approach by Sven be to think long, say 3 years and snap up the BEST young talent in England and around the world and see them blossom.

Sure City fans would get a kick out of seeing a young team blossom and for once not live in fear of seeing their young starlets snapped up by wealthier clubs?
Aston Smithy
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08/07/2007 18:44:00

Don't worry BUZZ I am stil in the running for the prize with my guess of 132 !!!
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08/07/2007 19:06:00

Aston, he simply (easy to say)has to improve last season, He will know we need a central defender, whilst we have Richards and Onuoha I could not honestly put them at Central Defender, I would buy one. We need wingers who can cross left and right and we need a play maker. two strikers and another 7. easy. the hard bit is getting them here at the right price. Alphieblues beats me by 100 but I am not past the mark yet.
Buzz Lightyear
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08/07/2007 20:03:00

Agree Buzz, turn the super-tanker that is City around in Season 1 with the bonus of the odd goal or three. If city fans can see progression with a bit of entertainment that will be a nice start. Rome wasn't built in..etc etc
Aston Smithy
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08/07/2007 20:29:00

I know the majority, but the moaners and the groaners, one thing is if you get behind the team they will respond to it. What does not help appears to be the lack of atmosphere at coms, that is not the stadiums fault, it is the fans because, the atmosphere was there at the derby matches, so why not every match. I know, you do not have to tell me that 10 goals in a season do not help.
Buzz Lightyear
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08/07/2007 21:52:00

We haven't had much to shout about over the last few years.
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09/07/2007 05:20:00

Think Svenn will give you a top ten chance but it's gonna be tough!
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09/07/2007 16:36:00

SP always said we wont rush in, we will wait until the price came down, but it never did and we were running around at the last minute to try and get someone. I think Svennis has a lot more sense, he said he was awful, with money, all he said was, that he will tell them (the board) who he wants and it is down to them to get them whoever they may be. Dead wrong about Platt.
Buzz Lightyear
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09/07/2007 18:15:00

its now been just over a week and we have the smallest squad in the premiershio and we haven signed 1 palyer since the transfer window opened when r we going to start signing players, there is all talk but no action happening
durks de rover
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12/07/2007 11:32:00

sori lads that was me that said that one of the other lads was logged in the one taht has durks the rover
dunne deal
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12/07/2007 11:36:00

Durks we signed someone!
Buzz Lightyear
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14/07/2007 10:20:00

you have to remember though with sven at Lazio, after he left they were financialy ruined. but then again with a billionaire at the helm you might be alright.
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14/07/2007 19:35:00

If Svennis signs the right people and we do OK, and then get into europe whilst tapping the far east market, our income should outdo our expenditue, which in the words of Mr McKawber (David Copperfield) bliss.
Buzz Lightyear
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14/07/2007 21:29:00

Very impressive stats there on good did he do when coaching our National Team? Not sure he´ll be able to adapt to the way we play here in England. Wish you best o luck tho.
Blue is the colour
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15/07/2007 23:09:00

He lost on penalties to Portugal, he did not actually losing in the 120 minutes or so of football. The point is now he is manager of Manchester City Football Club not England. Judge him on what he can make of our team.
Buzz Lightyear
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16/07/2007 09:03:00

Mr burns
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20/07/2007 18:29:00

His record as a club manager is the reason he's with you. Let's not forget that!
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31/07/2007 20:58:00


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