The League Managers Association say they are “deeply concerned” regarding the possible sacking of Sven Goran Eriksson by Manchester City.
Club owner Thaksin Shinawatra has told the former England boss that he will be not be required to stay at the helm next season and sources close to the Swede say it’s unlikely he’ll resist any move to dismiss him, though it’s understood that Eriksson won’t resign.
Eriksson’s probable demise comes despite an encouraging first season at Eastlands where City beat Manchester United twice and assured themselves of a top half finish in the league.
A statement released by the LMA read:
The League Managers Association is deeply concerned about the circumstances surrounding the possible departure of Sven Goran Eriksson from Manchester City FC.
There is no question that Sven has made an immediate and dramatic impact on Manchester City since his arrival, winning seven out of their first 10 matches, completing the double over local rivals and reigning champions, Manchester United, and in line for their highest-ever finish in the Barclays Premier League.
Sven is one of Europe’s most highly talented football managers with experience gained from working around the world. He is in the process of building a strong squad at Manchester City, he commands the respect of his players and has developed a strong relationship and fantastic support from the Man City fans.
We feel the current situation reflects a growing trend of football club owners having unrealistic expectations and not giving managers sufficient support and time in the role. Such short-termism is destabilising to the club, its players and its fans and is not the way to develop success on the field.