Posted by Barrie on Thursday, 23 July 2009

Sven and Manchester City

The surprising news story yesterday was when former Manchester City manager Sven Goran Eriksson was hired as director of football at... Notts County! The Nottingham-based League 2 side were recently taken over by Middle-East consortium Munto Finance and have signed the Swede on a 7-figure a year deal, rumoured to be around £2,000,000. Sven, always sniffing around where money can be found was sacked as Mexico coach in April this year after a 3-1 world cup qualifying defeat to Honduras, having won 1 of his last 7 competitive games.

The former England manager has a long list of responsibilities which includes transfer negotiations, scouting, health, fitness, training facilities, the youth academy, player development and establishing overseas links! Expect the financial input and Sven's presence to have a big impact on the club and the number of season ticket sales. His long-term assistant Tord Grip has joined him on board at the Magpies.

It's been a busy summer for his former club Manchester City, recently completing the big name signings of Carlos Tevez and Emmanuel Adebayor recently, and today announcing a friendly match against Barcelona as they continue to build their reputation without having made headway in the Premier League last season.

Manchester City are showing promise this off-season, although Carlos Tevez has never been a regular scorer, Arsenal fans were desperate to sell Emmanuel Adebayor with his erratic finishing, Roque Santa Cruz with his lack of fitness, and the inconsistent Robinho need to settle quickly if they want to form a top strikeforce in the Premier League. Former strike target Samuel Eto'o has agreed a 5-year deal with Inter Milan today with Zlatan Ibrahimovic expected to go the other way.

Still on the trail to sign Chelsea captain John Terry in a bid to strengthen a vulnerable defence, Mark Hughes has a lot more rebuilding to be done before the opening game at Ewood Park on August 15th if he is to live up to their expectations of a top 4 push after all the money spent.

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