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Eriksson Pompey's no.1 target?

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
Date:Tuesday February 10 2009
Time: 8:50AM

Comments

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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.
nodster
10/02/2009 09:00:00
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sven, houllier then grant/curbs(not sure out of those 2), but sven 1st, i think this appointment would lift the team.
ruffcider
10/02/2009 09:03:00
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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
boros_finest
10/02/2009 09:16:00
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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!!
storagematt
10/02/2009 09:26:00
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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.
UKTony
10/02/2009 09:27:00
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Bilic, Bilic, Bilic, Bilic, Bilic, Bilic, BILIC!!!
PFCGino
10/02/2009 09:34:00
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I'm not getting my hopes up. Knowing us, we'll have Souness by the end of the week.
stillthewhizz
10/02/2009 09:37:00
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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).
Midge
10/02/2009 09:38:00
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Glen Rhoeder, Graham Souness, Kevin Keeeeeeegan...? Al of a sudden Grant and Bilic and Curbs dont sound so bad do they lol
Midge
10/02/2009 09:40:00
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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.
stillthewhizz
10/02/2009 09:42:00
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