Eriksson Finally Gets a Job!
Reiss Malone, Contributing Writer, 27 Jun 2007
Sven Goran Eriksson has in principal taken the managers role at Man City and what a job to take! I am sure Mr Eriksson probably thought he would have been given a more successful team than at Eastlands but I guess he can't be too picky!
For Eriksson, the job is huge. City are in a downward spiral at the moment and need new recruits to ensure they stay in the Premiership. Last season they scored the least goals at home ever in the Premiership and still survived! They have already lost Distin and Barton - two of their best performers in recent seasons.
Obviously Eriksson's first dilemma is to get a new striker. Reports have linked him with moves for Michael Owen and Marlon Harewood. Why Owen would swap Tyneside for Eastlands is a mystery and I firmly believe that, if he does leave Newcastle, it will only be for a team competing in the Champions League.
As for the arrival of Harewood, this is a definite possibility. During Eriksson's reign as England manager he placed his faith in Emile Heskey and Harewood is very similar. Both have pace, strength and are powerful. So don't be surprised if Harewood is his first signing.
The Swedes career has seen him manage some of Europe's biggest clubs in Benfica, Roma, Lazio, Fiorentina and Sampdoria. In his managerial career he has won European and domestic trophies. His biggest achievement has to be winning the UEFA cup with IFK Gothenburg. His only real downfall was at Fiorentina where he didn't achieve any successes.
As England manager his record looks very good and is sometimes overlooked. He reached the quarter finals with England on three times and only lost once in qualifying.
There is no doubt Eriksson has achieved success at club level. However, he has never managed in the Premiership. He will probably get a large transfer budget on his arrival which he will have to use wisely. It's time for the Swede to answer his critics.