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Added October 6th, 2010 by Ian

Sven Goran Eriksson signs with his umpteenth team
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It looks like football just can’t get rid of Sven Goran Eriksson. The guy who’s had more contracts than a professional hitman has signed on with yet another club as he inked a two-year deal with struggling English Championship side Leicester City after former manager Paulo Sousa was let go after winning just one of the club’s first nine games this season.

Eriksson stated that he did his homework and came to the conclusion that Leicester was committed to earning promotion to the Premier League. Of course, he also mentioned money as it seems to be the only thing on his mind these days.

“It’s obvious the money is there and a lot of money,” he said. “I have done some checking out; of course I have, because I didn’t want it to be like Notts County, but the owners behind this are real people. That’s good.”

The 62-year-old Swede insisted the Leicester deal is for real whereas his former stint as director of football at Notts County in July of 2009 was nothing more than an ambitious project from a team in financial tatters.

Eriksson was obviously thrilled that Leicester is owned by a consortium from Thailand as it means he doesn’t have to worry where his next paycheque’s coming from. He said Leicester is quite a bit different from Notts County because the club wants to make it to the Premier League as soon as possible and are willing to spend as much money as it takes to get there.

The problem with Eriksson though is that he throws his name into the hat for any managerial job that pops up all over the world, no matter where it is, as long as he gets paid a good wage. His record over the past few years is brutal and has been sacked or left his post from England, Manchester City, Mexico, Notts County, and Ivory Coast and is getting paid by all of them as far as I can tell to get lost.

It appears that Eriksson doesn’t care if he fails and how well his teams perform as long as he gets paid. If he gets run out of town, so be it, he’s fine with that as it means the club has to buy him out of his contract and it’s another monthly paycheque to the five he’s already getting.

Before he signed with Leicester it had been rumoured that Eriksson had already committed to, or signed a contract to manage Saudi Arabian club Al Hilal. Of course, he dispelled that rumour.

“No I haven’t signed any contract, absolutely not. If I had signed a contract I wouldn’t be here. I have talks with many clubs in many countries and that’s good. But I’m very happy to be here – I think this is the right place – and it’s England, with the weather and everything.”

However, there’s something about Eriksson that rubs most people the wrong way. Compared to him, used car salesmen look to be the most honest people on earth. The only good thing I can see from this deal is that Leicester only signed him for two years. Still, I think it’s something they’re going to regret in the near future.

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One Response to “Sven Goran Eriksson signs with his umpteenth team”

  1. Svenalike says:

    It’s looking good for Leicester if Sven’s history repeats? He took a whole series of previous “low to mid ranking” European clubs to top domestic and international honours before creating “England’s golden generation” from the ashes of Euro2000 and proceding to set several all time records for England, including; the most international points won, the fastest rise up FIFA’s rankings and a unique 3 consecutive top qualifying places, 3 consecutive quarter finals and the all time record of losing ONLY 5 competitive games 2001 – 2006.., leading TheFA to list Eriksson as England’s second most successful head coach after Sir Alf. (Anyone seriously doubting the value of the “Eriksson effect” may ponder the “golden generation” crashing out of qualifying for Euro2008 WITHOUT him?) Eriksson went on to engineer Manchester City’s best season in 3 decades equalling the clubs all time record for the most Premier League points and beating Man U twice along the way. (He would have set a new record if his loyal team hadn’t “gone on strike” on the pitch at the tail end of that season in protest at his treatment?) In spite of his few (very vocal) detractors and the bile he attracts from certain media quarters, His ex-players and club chairmen almost universally praise and admire Eriksson, the England team threatened to strike in his support and both the England and Man City official fan organisations launched mass “Save Our Sven” campaigns in an effort to keep him. Not too bad for a quiet, dignified guy who has clearly devoted his whole life to the benefit of football but is mysteriously dubbed a “fraud” or “looser” by some? Eriksson’s return to English football will doubtless make it a little more interesting and time will tell how long it takes him to re-live past success with (and for) Leicester’s Foxes.., unless of course, yet another ungrateful (or media hype influenced, or would be meddling but who’s interference is rejected?) employer dumps him as a “reward” for providing previously un-equalled successes?
    Eriksson’s methods may baffle the pundits and his quite dignity and inscrutability infuriate the tabloid hacks (and those who only read their rants).., but his results and statistics would appear to be a bench mark very few have ever achieved in the history of soccer?

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