Habib Beye is not at all surprised at what Sven Eriksson has already achieved at Manchester City, since he thinks Sven is a top coach, particularly at club level.
Eriksson is in the dog-house in England right now but if you look at England’s record under him it’s extremely good â€“ but it’s just that we never progressed beyond the quarter-finals in any World Cup or European Championships with him as England manager.
We think Sven’s got a bit of a raw deal from the press â€“ but which England manager hasn’t?
Habib Beye – thinks Newcastle must win tomorrow to overtake opponents Manchester City
The new Newcastle right-back believes Newcastle United can overtake Eriksson’s third-placed side at the City of Manchester Stadium tomorrow. We’ll need to be at our very best to do that â€“ good in defense which we fully expect – but we need to be sharper in attack, which has let us down a bit in the past. But it’s a good time to change that tomorrow.
Man City have a perfect home record so far this season â€“ hey that’s another reason to do really well – but the City side are almost unrecognizable from their team of last season.
Here’s what Habib Beye said today:
“It’s not a big surprise that Sven-Goran Eriksson has done a great job so far.â€
“He’s a big coach and an important manager in football, especially with clubs. Manchester City have a good team and a good manager.”
Beye had his biggest test in English football on Tuesday night, when Newcastle were knocked out of the Carling Cup by Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium. When half time came the commentators noted that he looked leaden-legged as he trudged off at the break. But to be fair to Habib he stuck to his task like most (if not all) of the Newcastle players, but we were up against a top top side.
Beye had to defend against both 18 year-old Theo Walcott and the outstanding 17 year-old Armand Traore, and it’s a good job Beye has a bit of speed in his repertoire to combat the two young speed and skill merchants. We think Beye will be that much better that much more quickly because of Tuesday’s experience.
“We were very disappointed to lose at Arsenal, but we know we can recover with a good result at Manchester City.â€
“They are doing very well this season, but we’re in fifth and we would like to overtake them. If want to do that, we must beat them.”
We have to say it’s very pleasant to report on the interviews with players from Newcastle’s current squad â€“ they all seem so positive and upbeat and mentally strong. We like Beye a lot and his first game against West Ham last week had him high in the actim ratings, which we know Sam uses a lot both to assess his current players and when he is looking for new players to bring in.
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