Monday, February 9, 2009

Sven going away?

Portsmouth sacked manager Tony Adams on Monday in a move that at first seemed to have little consequence on this side of the pond.

However, English tabloid Mirror reported earlier today that Portsmouth would be interested in bringing Sven-Goran Eriksson in as manager to help the struggling club find itself as soon as possible.

According to Mirror's report, Eriksson has told friends that he would be willing to "walk from Mexico back to London" for the Chelsea job (Chelsea also sacked their manager, Luiz Felipe Scolari, on Monday) but that the Portsmouth job might be more attainable.

I'm not sure about reports like this. In some ways, any job that opens up is supposedly going to be filled by some big-name candidate who is employed at the time. It stands to reason then that Eriksson would get linked to a position in the English Premiership. However, if this is true, how much has he been focused on the task of qualifying Mexico to the World Cup, of helping Mexico start the Hexagonal in the best manner possible?

A lot will happen in the next 48 hours that will determine both his own fate and the team's chances in qualifying as well. Only time will tell if this report has any meat to it, and luckily for everyone involved that time will pass soon enough.


joel es latest soccer news said...

Maybee Scolari and Eriksson can swap jobs. That would be great.

Anonymous said...

"Maybee Scolari and Eriksson can swap jobs. That would be great."

Hmmmm, I don't think so. I don't think Mexico would hire another foreign manager for a while.

Anonymous said...

It's quite possible that Eriksson, already has a backup plan. I'm sure he knows that if Mexico loses tomorrow, he's more than likely going to be fired. That being said, I don't think Eriksson is just going through the motions. I think he probably wants to win this one tomorrow, and help Mexico qualify for the World Cup this year.