Eriksson arrives at Man city

อิริคสัน เริ่มทักทายผู้เล่นเรือใบสีฟ้า ถึงถิ่น ระหว่างคอย แฟรงค์ ครอบครองถือหุ้น 75% และประกาศเป็นเจ้าของอย่างเป็นทางการ

Wednesday, 04 Jul 2007 08:54

Sven-Goran Eriksson has arrived at Manchester City‘s training ground this morning to take control of first-team affairs.After agreeing in principle to a three-year deal at Eastlands to become the club’s new manager, Eriksson is expected to introduce himself to the players today.

The Swede, who has been out of football since England’s World Cup quarter-final defeat at the hands of Portugal last summer, will be officially appointed once former Thai prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra takes full control of the club by securing a 75 per cent share.

Shinawatra’s bid has been hampered by government attempts in his homeland to freeze his assets, but he is expected to finally complete a takeover in the next week.

Eriksson, who steered Gothenburg, Benfica and Lazio to their respective national titles during his time in club football, will face a difficult task to achieve the same with the City squad he has inherited from Stuart Pearce.

Midfield dynamo Joey Barton has departed for Newcastle, while Sylvain Distin has headed for the south coast and a place in Portsmouth‘s defence.

However it is likely that Shinawatra will provide extensive funds for Eriksson to shape the team as he wants and former England charges Peter Crouch and Shaun Wright-Phillips have already been suggested as possible targets for the 59-year-old.

Tord Grip, Eriksson’s right-hand man during his time in charge of England, will not be linking up with his friend again however.

Grip seems settled in his role as special advisor to Swedish side Djurgardens so Roland Andersson, Sweden’s assistant coach, has already been sounded out about the prospect of moving to the Premiership.  

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