Sven Eriksson has already proved what an outstanding club manager he is, and he seems to have transformed Manchester City, Newcastleâ€™s opponents tomorrow night, in a short five months.
Sven Eriksson – transformed Manchester City in a short 5 months
Manchester City are positioned nicely in 5th place and itâ€™s not beyond the realm of possibilities the team could qualify for the European Champions League next season. Mexico forward Nery Castillo has already joined on a 12-month loan but further signings are planned as Eriksson is looking to build on a hugely impressive first half of the campaign.
And with the success of his purchases in the summer, he is likely to get full backing from the new owner, Thaksin Shinawatra.Â Sven brought in 8 players during the summer, very quickly, after he was appointed manager in early July.
Sven talked today about his rebuilding at the other Manchester club:
â€œThe players we are discussing are big ones, who could cost a lot of money,â€
â€œWe are talking to agents and we are trying in this country as well as abroad. I think something else will happen in January and we will be having meetings over the next few days.â€
â€œBut it is difficult because we are working and the rest of Europe is on holiday, so it is hard to talk to people right now.â€
Liverpoolâ€™s Peter Crouch may be a potential target of Sven’s, and that isn’t surprising, given Peter’s situation at Liverpool. His name keeps cropping up, but it looks like the chances of Sven moving for the 6’7″ striker are fairly slim.
City have made their best ever start in the Premier League under Eriksson and now have 36 points and 5th place is their highest position ever in January.Â City have a full 10 points more than Newcastle United but most of their points – 28 points from 10 games – have come from home. They are not as good on the road and therefore hopes are high that Newcastle can get all 3 points tomorrow night.
We’ll have to wait and see on that but we should see a good game, because City play some very nice football.