Writer: Andy Leggott
Date:Friday July 6 2007
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
Date:Friday July 6 2007
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