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Claims made of Eriksson approach?

Claims made of Eriksson approach?

It was being reported by The Telegraph, the version, earlier this evening that Sven Goran Eriksson could/would be offered a deal that would make him our highest paid manager in our history. On the table would be a £2m a year contract with a £1m bonus should he keep us up - but no approach had been made...

An hour or so later sky sports news claimed that they 'understood' that an approach to Mexico had been made for the former England manager - but nothing official was being said by Pompey, who of course already said that they would not comment on the managerial situation until a new manager was in place.

Paul Hart is in caretaker charge at the moment, but he has already voiced his opinion that we need to move fast and get someone in place sooner rather than later.

Eriksson is under pressure with Mexico, but his wages still seem to be a major stumbling block and paying him the sort of money he would command seems unlikely - even if we overcome this obstacle then we have the matter of not having any money for him to buy players in the summer, and he would want this, and of course would not want to sell others as he would probably have to!

'Reports' claim that some senior players, who had worked under him with England, had sounded him out - quite why Sacha Gaydamak would be asking them is a little strange, but at the same time being in touch with those that will have to play for him might not be such a bad thing?

One thing that is for sure is Gaydamak must get this appointment right, as selling a championship club is going to be even harder than selling a premier league one appears to be!

Could he be making a last ditch, almost no holds bared effort to ensure this and he is putting his eggs in the Eriksson basket, or is this nothing more than mere speculation? Could there be something else afoot?

For me, for what it is worth, I would prefer him to most other options that are most strongly linked but to be honest I cannot see it happening.

I could only maybe see him coming in if a takeover is imminent and maybe this could be very close to happening? So his being appointed would probably give us more hope that this is coming, and along with it the kind of funding to finally achieve the new ground - or redevelopment of Fratton - and training facilities, both things we so desperately need. Not to mention having some money to rebuild and maintain our current squad to get us back on the track that we were on...

Time will tell I guess, as said though it is vital that we bring in the right man - if this man is the Swede, so be it but if we can pull it off lets keep the contract length to a shortish, yet fair level!

I still think this is 50:50 at best, but who knows...


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Date:Tuesday February 10 2009
Time: 11:35PM


Hope not - Sven = Ikea, new Ikea in Scumhampton - he'll be there all the time and that's not good.
10/02/2009 23:41:00
I'm sorry to have to say this but here goes: I read an article this morning where Fat Franks' uncle was, once again, airing his views on Pompey. One of the things he said is that Sasha has seen the score on Saturday, panicked, and sacked Adams without having a coherent plan in place. To me, this sounds about right, because if there were plans afoot, surely they would have been in place before TA was sacked. Seems to me we may have shot our bolt and find ourselves grubbing around for someone to come in and take TA's place. I don't think there is an imminent takeover, what Franks Uncle says sounds about right to me.
10/02/2009 23:46:00
Hang on fellas .. I will explain all.
10/02/2009 23:48:00
I've been researching this further since Sunday when I first predicted he would come.. Hence my original tip even before Adams sacking was official - Here is the low down on Sven and the timings of Admas sacking and the reason why Sven will come to Pompey Last week Javier Aguirre left Athletico Madrid. Now.. Svens position in Mexico has been dodgy for a month or so to say the least.. but Aguirres availability has put a whole new twist on it. Aguirre is a national treasure and the Mexicans would love to have him as manager but obvioulsy don't want to sack Sven.. Enter Pompey.. Aware of the situation they tap up Sven (remember he is excellent at lying about approaches - He said live on BBC tv that Man City hadn't spoken to him only 18 hours before his appointment) anyway.. If the Mexican FA can get Sven to leave 'by mutual consent' then Sven saves face and MFA do not have to pay his compensation and can appoint their darling .. Sven gets out unscathed and returns to England to be with Ulrika (or is it Nancy) anyway.. Everybody wins.. BUT there is a twist ....Aguirre himself has expressed a desire to manage in the premiership so it actually could be HIM we are waiting on.. i.e he waits for the US v Mexico result and should Sven win and retain his job .. Aguirre comes to Pompey .. If Sven loses and leaves (by mutual consent) then Aguirre goes to Mexico and Sven to Pompey.. again everybody wins!! My theory explains everything - Even the wages - We give Sven a short term contract say £1m but offer him a bonus say £3m if we stay up - This will (long term) save sasha money as the amount he pays Sven would be far less that what he would lose if trying to sell and Championship club (it's a gamble but a pretty educated one) So there's my theory.. and there's not a hole in it - Sven IS coming to Pomepy just like I said he would on Sunday night !
11/02/2009 00:01:00
Ummmm! I would imagine Sven would want some sort of severance from the Mexicans. These negotiations will run and run, especially if Storrie is involved.
11/02/2009 00:12:00
Bloody Hell....Chix you're a genius!!!!!
11/02/2009 00:18:00
Nope he'll be here (maybe not by Saturday - although I think he will) but certainly by the Stoke game ... Seriously Gandor It wouldn't surprize if the Mexican end is already tied up, but they just haven't gone public as not to unsettle the players before Wednesday game - They want Aguirre and will pay to get him .. even if it means paying off Sven too.
11/02/2009 00:20:00
I have been involved with Mexicans in the past and know someone who deals with them on a daily basis. Tricky ********s. Mind you, so is Storrie!
11/02/2009 00:23:00
Gandor - I spent some time their too .. loved it and really didn't want to come back .. but you are correct very tricky ********s..
11/02/2009 00:26:00
Don't do it Pompey!!! You will be just another notch on the charming snake's bedpost. He'll flatter to deceive, give you a great time, then leave you in a complete mess.
11/02/2009 00:27:00
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