Interesting interview today with Sven Eriksson, in which he pays tribute to both Big Sam and the Newcastle club before the well anticipated Manchester City – Newcastle contest tomorrow.
Sven may be in the bad books in England right now, but his club record is second to none. He has a fantastic record in European club football and the Manchester City supporters are well aware of that now, and certainly Sven has started very well at Manchester City.
The game can be a great one tomorrow and a fascinating contest between two very good club managers who have completely different personalities â€“ although both seem to have great respect for the other.
Sven Eriksson – has made impressive start at Manchester City
Sam talked today before the game with Newcastle at Eastlands tomorrow:
“If you are a manager, you are always criticized for one reason or another,” “But I don’t think Sam listens to it.â€
“What he has done is get some exceptionally good results with Bolton. He got them into Europe as well, so you can only admire him for that. At the end, who cares about his style of football?â€
“In any case, I have seen tapes of Newcastle and Bolton and they do play good football. The point is, they do what they are good at. Isn’t that supposed to be what a manager is there to do?”
Eriksson will know all about Sam Allardyce’s attention to detail and that Manchester City will not be able to afford the defensive frailties that cost them a win last week at Craven Cottage. Certainly before that game City looked very solid defensively, especially Dunn and Richards in central defense.
“Sam Allardyce is a fox,” “He will prepare every detail of this game. He will make life difficult for us, I am sure about that and we will have to play well and defend better than we did at Fulham if we want to win.”
New owner Thaksin Shinawatra has hopes Sven will eventually lead City into the Champions League. The former Thai Prime Minister will certainly need to spend big if that lofty aim is to be met â€“ and certainly the same can be said of the new regime at Newcastle â€“ Champions league football is the goal. So in this way both teams have very similar ambitions right now and also seem to have the resources to be able to attain it.
“If you speak to football people, 999 out of 1000 will say the big four will finish in the top four positions,” “Immediately after that, Newcastle are one of the big favorites.â€
“All you need to do is go into the stadium to see what a big club they are.â€ “I hope people look at us in the same way but lets play a few more games, then we will see.”
Nice compliments from Sven there but we know he has a warm spot for Newcastle because he learned a lot from Bobby Robson when Sven was a young coach and even had some England games played at St. James’ because of the great atmosphere there. However, it will be very tough for either team to crack the top 4 because Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester United and Arsenal are not standing still. Indeed Arsenal’s second team looked awesome against a strong Newcastle side on Tuesday night and their first team last week utterly demolished Derby County with a fabulous display of free flowing football – the beautiful game indeed.
Right now both Newcastle and Manchester City want wins and they’ll take them any way they can get them. We do hope tomorrow’s game is as entertaining as it appears to be in preview – certainly a great match-up of both teams and managers.