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Eriksson Pompey's no.1 target?

Straight off the bat, and something that I did not think I would hear myself say, I would say thank you very much!

The Telegraph, Mirror, Mail, Independent and Sun are all running stories, varying in their content and how much the former England manager is backed, but all say Sven Goran Eriksson is heavily favoured by senior players and is the one that Sacha Gaydamak wants for the job...

Some 'reports' say that it was player power that finally saw Tony Adams sacked, as a players revolt, with confidence finally lost in him cost him his job. It is also claimed, to varying degrees in most reports, that it is canvassed opinions that have made the Swede the no.1 target?

He is under pressure with Mexico, and should they lose to the USA then he is almost certain to be sacked - the thought is that he will not walk out before this game as he could be lynched! Other trails of thought are that Pompey would allow him to job share! Carry on managing Mexico and work with Pompey too - not likely for me.

He has a home in London, so it is feasible; although a few other snippets suggest that Chelski would be the option he goes for, but most 'reports' do suggest that he is interested in the Pompey job? What the papers say, and what is true are not always, well often, not the case - but a lot of papers are backing him, so maybe.

Either way I think, and this does not take a brain surgeon to work out, his wage demands and the fact that he will have little or no money in the summer could be the major sticking point. 'Not being good enough' is probably something that would not be a factor, those mentioned would. He has worked with several of the players with England so you never know...

Whereas The Irish Times, Irish Independent and The Guardian are backing Avram Grant to be given the job - although a 'short-term' role with Chelski until the summer, as incredibly unlikely as a return to the capital after his treatment last time would seem, it is a distinct possibility.

The suggestion with many of the reports backing Eriksson is that thought to be 'front runners' Grant and Alan Curbishley are not the top targets of Gaydamak following these 'apparent' consultations with seniors players and 'board members'...

Whoever comes in is wanted in place by the weekend, and most reports do expect this whoever it might be - the sacking of Big Phil yesterday threw a spanner in the works and was not something that Pompey, or most others, would have been expecting, but the sooner we do get something sorted the better and 'if' we can get Eriksson, and how realistic it is financially that we could get him I do not know, that is who I would want in place to be honest over the other names mentioned.

Others being most strongly linked are Graeme Souness and Gerard Houllier.


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Writer: pompeyrug Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Tuesday February 10 2009

Time: 8:50AM

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At first i thought Sven.. no way! but now i think he would do well down south.. After watching MOTD, i think Curbs is not interested, or hasnt been approached.
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10/02/2009 09:00:00

sven, houllier then grant/curbs(not sure out of those 2), but sven 1st, i think this appointment would lift the team.
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10/02/2009 09:03:00

hiya lads. nice to see that your chairman isnt scared to sack a ***** manager i wonder if her could have a word with ours! i think sven would be o.k only thing is he likes to have money like he did at citeh to build a squad and no offence but your about as skint as us at the minute! I rate paul jewell and would love to see him in the PL again
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10/02/2009 09:16:00

Actually Paul Jewell would do a good job at keeping us up, then... Looking beyond that, if the chairman wants to sell, a new manger must consider that fact!!
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10/02/2009 09:26:00

All speculation so I'm not going to follow it too closely (unless I get a call from my source in the next 24 hours, lol). I don't even think anything will happen before the weekend.
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10/02/2009 09:27:00

Bilic, Bilic, Bilic, Bilic, Bilic, Bilic, BILIC!!!
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10/02/2009 09:34:00

I'm not getting my hopes up. Knowing us, we'll have Souness by the end of the week.
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10/02/2009 09:37:00

Curbs is still sorting out compensation from West Ham, so i believe he is not allowed to take another job. If true, thats him out of the frame. Zahavi is rumoured to be buying into the club, and as he is Svens agent, maybe he will swing his move here, even if only temp till the summer and tehn review it? If he Brings Sven in, i would put my money on us being at advance stages of selling the club, as the only way Sven could realistically take the job, is if he knew there would be money available in the summer to build with. Therefore i want Sven 1) as i think he would motiviate our team to top half of the table finishing and 2) it would indicate that the future is bright, the future is Orange (Sorry couldnt resist).
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10/02/2009 09:38:00

Glen Rhoeder, Graham Souness, Kevin Keeeeeeegan...? Al of a sudden Grant and Bilic and Curbs dont sound so bad do they lol
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10/02/2009 09:40:00

Billic would be one of my favourites as he commands such a presence. However he is a gamble without Premier League experience. I'm 99% sure the board will go for someone with proven credentials.
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10/02/2009 09:42:00

at least you lads seem to still have belief that your staying up! over on ours its like we've admitted defeat! Keegan or jewell would be excellent for both pompey and boro both expierenced in relegation battles and well proved in the pl
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10/02/2009 09:43:00

a bit of free publicity for orange there Midge :-)
im with you tho, 'if' we get eriksson, and something that was shared with me yesterday, this would 'probably' be because a takeover is very much close to be secured...
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10/02/2009 10:00:00

If we get Sven i can imagine we will have a new owner sooner rather than later. Sven would be my first choice, then Bilic, then Grant....curbishly? no thinks :/
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10/02/2009 10:14:00

Stillthewhizz - agreed on Bilic - but he is proven at international level, which is enough for me. Same could be said of Scolari though I suppose, but then again whatever manager is brought in is a complete and utter gamble. Eriksson is too motivated by other things than football imo, namely women/Ikea, so he's not for me.
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10/02/2009 10:16:00

Firstly, If Mexico sack Sven, is he going to need massive wages? Surely he will get some kind of payoff? Secondly, will we not be a more attractive investment opportunity with Sven in place? We have had some big wage earners leave and a lot more to depart in the summer. Surely that money could be given to Sven? Sacha will want to look after his investment, after all.
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10/02/2009 10:38:00

PS: I agree with Rug and Bowlsey - if Sven comes in, then whoever is buying us has stipulated something like that.
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10/02/2009 10:40:00

Souness? No no no no no. I'm surprised venables hasnt been linked. He'd probably do a good job, as a motivator he's just what we need. That said, its Sven for me too. I agree that if we do get Sven then our takeover is most likely well on the way and Tony would have been out regardless of results.
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10/02/2009 11:03:00

This is not a time to economise is it? Flash the cash and let's get a top bloke in, even if it's just enough to keep us up. The thought of Keegan makes me feel bilious
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10/02/2009 11:21:00

SUAC51 I don't want Venables anywhere near our club after the last thing he did to us! PFCGino I will eat my hat if we get Billic but will be a very happy man. Let's stay away from The Rhoederlution, Souness and Keegan.
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10/02/2009 11:34:00

you can add dowie to that list of no nos too
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10/02/2009 11:46:00

Whilst I would love Sven or Bilic take over, I just can't see it happening. Bilic appears to be staying with Croatia for now and Sven, as mentioned previously, is a little bit out of league financially. However, I'd love either. If not I hate to say it but I think we need a typical English working-man enforcer to take over. Someone who could ignite passion and put some fire into the players stomachs and not be afraid to make a 'big' selection decision. And that can only point me towards a Neil Warnock, Gary Johnston or to a lesser extent Alan Pardew, all men that fit into the personality of the club... Just not Curbishley please!!!! The man's lifeless, I've seen more passion in a goldfish!!!
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10/02/2009 12:07:00

Oh and by the way... Another name no-one seems to have mentioned is Roy Keane... Just throwing it out there...
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10/02/2009 12:13:00

Having spoken with work colleague who also happens to be a steward at Fratton, he reckons that there are two groups interested in buying the club, with one lot wanting Avram Grant and the other wanting Sven. So perhaps as been mentioned, perhaps a takeover deal is close. Friday is always press day for our club, so maybe the new owners and manager will be unveiled then?? The money issue with Sven might not be an issue with new owners, as with a bit of luck they mey have plenty to dish out ala citeh and also give us our new training ground, stadium and a big pot of dosh ready for the summer transfer window.
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10/02/2009 12:18:00

Sacha put his hand in his pocket to the tune of 40 million, which helped us win the FA cup. We will always be grateful to him. but the situation has changed now, and we desperately need new owners, who can put some money back in the club. Have read today that Adams nearly quit just before Christmas when he was told there was no money - and the Spurs manager knew it too, part of why he went. So fingers crossed this is all part of that, and a good, experienced manager will be part of the deal. Can't see any decent manager wanting to come in as it is now, with no money to spend and no sign of any.
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10/02/2009 12:45:00

Is Sven STILL getting compensation from the FA? If so he should work for us for nothing hahahahahahaha!! And Dave Roy Keane now that is a great idea. Has he had any fallouts with any of our players in the past as it seems they are making the appointments these days!!
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10/02/2009 12:55:00

No No No Sacha, lets go for someone who isn't there for the money. Johnson (Bristol C), Martinez (Swansea),
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10/02/2009 13:01:00

Go for someone with an impressive track record of winning trophies in club football....SVEN.
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10/02/2009 13:33:00

Why to take a manager that failed with mexico, rather than to take a manager that took chelsea to it first ever CL final against all odds. strange.
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10/02/2009 13:42:00

what you have to think of tho alonrose is just how many have had 'success' with mexico!
also, with the squad that grant inherited at chelski i do not think you can say taking chelski to the champions league final was 'against all odds', pompey so much as making the champions league for example is more in line with the thoughts 'against all odds' surely...
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10/02/2009 14:01:00

I think we need continuity - Metgood!
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10/02/2009 14:08:00

lazio --> england --> man city --> mexico --> POMPEY?!?! what a downward career lol.
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10/02/2009 15:47:00

and it would now be taking an upturn in fortunes again then :-)
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10/02/2009 15:47:00

Just one question?...If we couldn't afford any decent transfer money a week ago, where the hell are we supposed to find say 4.5million per year for Mo from the Simpsons?
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10/02/2009 15:53:00

Bilic or sven would be nice also with a takeover.Rumours are coming around that sven will be manager with bilic director of football.Come on pompey we need some one good not the rubbish souness , curbishly , ince , rhoder and paul jewell these people are a joke they aint going to help our future and jewell couldnt even keep derby up and struggled with them this season. SVEN , BILIC or GUILT is my choice
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10/02/2009 16:37:00

Sven and Bilic???? whoever s' spouting that around must have had some heavy mushrooms man
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10/02/2009 17:35:00

The Quay has reported that a few betting shops have suspended anymore money on Bilic, and Pompey have denied he is on our list!
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10/02/2009 17:40:00

i agree with stfc ballboy, sven or bilic. either would be a very good manager and would help us loads. i wouldnt mind if we got grant, as he knows the team(ish) and has been with us before.
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10/02/2009 17:43:00

bet365 - grant 3.50, sven 4.00, curbs 4.33, bilic 11.00. willhill have suspended betting. the sven/bilic partnership sounds interesting but i cant see it happening, they will want to be manager.
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10/02/2009 17:51:00

ok... I DON'T want curbishly, jewell and grant certainly wouldn;t be my first choice. if we COULD get sven - I would say go for it! Rumour has it chelski sacked scolari when they did because they thought we might pinch avram (?) - making us svens only (best) option - if he wants to leave mexico. Surely - after failing with the national team, and getting sacked by city - he will have a point to prove in the english game?!
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10/02/2009 17:58:00

Carps - I read somewhere that Chelsea were after Guus Hiddink (is it?)
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10/02/2009 18:59:00

Eastneydave .. Roy Keane and David Nugent do not mix !!
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10/02/2009 19:04:00

Dont know why everyone has got a downer on curbs as he has beaten relegation more times than Twitchy. Charlton wanted rid of him, got their wish and promptly are on their route to oblivion. I bet they wish they could have the days of premier mid table mediocrity back. Plus not many of the names banded about have got that much prem experience let alone relegation battling experience. What have Sven, Bilic or Gullit down with or without money in the premier league
Super Bock 1898
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10/02/2009 19:12:00

I meant :- done with or without.......
Super Bock 1898
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10/02/2009 19:13:00

Of the names mentioned so far, Paul Jewell is the only name I find both believable and promising.
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10/02/2009 19:47:00

Lets hope that Storrie does not lie in his statement to the press tomorrow. I fear that if we lose this weekend we are all but done, this a is a real must win game. Interesting the stories about the players going to the top to get rid of Tony though, i wonder if Distin was one of them.
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10/02/2009 20:02:00

As a Mancity fan I'll only say that this our of date mercenary will end up breaking your heart. Don't touch him with a barge pole!
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10/02/2009 20:22:00

Thanks for the advice, but i bet we will choose to ignore it mate!!
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10/02/2009 20:24:00

We have approched Sven acording to Sky tv
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10/02/2009 21:34:00

offering him 2m a yr + 1m bonus to keep up in prem. sounds credible. gaydamak/storrie/board asked players for opinion, james/crouch suggested sven!! could we actually get sven? really?
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10/02/2009 22:11:00


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