Sven-Goran Eriksson is determined to stay on as manager of Manchester City, his agent has said, despite indications that he could be facing the sack.
The former England boss met with the club's Thai owner Thaksin Shinawatra on Monday and will be in charge of training on Wednesday.
Eriksson's position was further undermined by a demoralising 3-2 loss to relegation strugglers Fulham at the weekend, squandering a 2-0 lead, but the Swede's agent Athole Still insisted: “There is no way he will quit after the successful job he has done.”
Eriksson has also received firm backing from Michael Ball, City's captain on Saturday in the absence of Richard Dunne, who said the squad were to a man supportive of the former England manager.
“Every player is 100 percent behind him (Eriksson). We like his methods, the way he trains, the way he goes about his tactics,” Ball said..
“If the club wants to go forward we have got to keep the coaching staff and obviously add a few more players.”
Eriksson in return blasted his players for the Fulham defeat.
He told the club's official website: “We had a lot of defenders injured, so the backline was completely new but we didn't lose to Fulham just because of that. We lost because our attitude in the last 20 minutes to defending throughout went away.
“At the end of the game we had four, five players up the field like strikers and not even walking back, that's not acceptable. Adding to that, we had a new back four so we will have to learn the lesson.
“You have to take blows to the head, like we did on Saturday, to learn so it does not happen again. We have to learn to get behind the ball when we lose it.”
City released a statement saying: “Sven-Goran Eriksson is attending a Football Foundation event in London tonight on behalf of the club and he will be at Carrington tomorrow morning to take training as normal.
“Sven-Goran Eriksson has confirmed that he has no plans to leave the club.”
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This is a win-win for Sven. The issue here is Shinawatra, a meddling owner is a cancer to any coach. He grieves to the media and doesn’t have the decency to give his most important employee the courtesy of a sit-down before tossing out comments in a public forum.
Sven won’t be unemployed for long; some places are saying he’ll end up at Benfica, but I think there are bigger fish he can snare.
Thaksin is mad and a dictator. This just shows that there are a lot of truth behind the allegations he is facing back in Thailand from his reign as PM of that country. People like him should never be associated with football on this level in this part of the world.