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Eriksson mum on his next step – (SN)

SoccerNews in English Premier League 17 May 2008


Manchester City's embattled manager Sven-Goran Eriksson declined to comment about his future on Saturday after his side were humbled 3-1 by a team of Thai League all-stars in a post-season friendly in Bangkok.

The former England manager also refused to be drawn on his relationship with club owner Thaksin Shinawatra, the former Thai prime minister who was in the stands for a match that drew heavy publicity but not much of a crowd.

“There is still time,” said the Swede, who enjoys huge support from the City fans, who are disgusted with the way he has been treated by Thaksin.

“I don't have to think about it today.”

Eriksson, who has been linked with a third spell with Portuguese side Benfica, arrived in Thailand this week on the heels of City's humiliating 8-1 defeat at Middlesbrough in their final match of the English season.

Despite leading City to ninth place in the Premier League, he has been under pressure from Thaksin – and was due to meet with him during the Thailand stop on the promotional tour, which next goes to Hong Kong.

Club spokesman Paul Tyrrell said on Thursday the club would be making no official comment other than confirming a review was being carried out into all aspects of the team's operations.

City didn't do much to impress in the stifling heat at Bangkok's 65,000-seat Rajamangala Stadium, where only 27,000 turned up.

Ecuador's Felipe Caicedo put City in front on 22 minutes but that was as good as it got for the visitors.

Brazilian striker Ney Fabiano, who plays for Thai champs Chonburi, levelled things in the 37th minute.

Midfielder Tawan Sripan of BEC Tero Sasana lobbed a shot over City keeper Kaspar Schmeichel to put the hosts ahead at the break. Substitute Tana Chanabut closed out the scoring, with a header in the 73rd minute.


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