Date:Tuesday February 10 2009
It was being reported by The Telegraph, the .co.uk 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...
PLAY UP POMPEY!
Date:Tuesday February 10 2009
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