Manchester City badgeManchester City have today cancelled the weekly pre-match press conference of coach Sven Goran Eriksson as the rumours regarding his future continue to circulate around the City and the football world in general.

The club announced that the conference, ahead of the weekend game against Liverpool, had been called off due to “exceptional circumstances.”

Meanwhile speculation is growing in the UK media that the ex England boss could be on the way to one of his former clubs, Benfica. Portuguese papers have quoted club officials as saying they want Eriksson to replace current coach Jose Antonio Camacho.

Despite his non appearance today, Eriksson has been speaking to the Manchester Evening News and many have taken his quotes as a sure sign that winning City’s final two games of the season, starting at Anfield, may put club owner Thaksin Shinawatra in an even more difficult position with City officials and many fans against his plans to oust the Swede after just one season in charge.

Eriksson told the paper:

evra chelsea We are all professionals and we must concentrate on the two games we have left to play.

It is strange to have two away games to finish and they are both difficult matches but I am sure we are going to produce good performances in both those matches.

If we will win or not at Liverpool, you never know because they are a top side but all those fans that travel to see us play at Anfield and all those watching back home will see a good performance.

The players are determined. There are certainly no signs in training that they have packed their bags for their summer holiday. They did excellent sessions earlier this week and playing Liverpool is always special.

There will be days of speculation, I am sure, but we must be focused on winning matches.

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