Friday, 2 May 2008

City players threaten Sven strike

On paper, there's virtually no chance of a reversal of Thaksin's insane decision to sack Sven Goran Eriksson, but the revolt within the club is considerable. The Guardian ran an interesting story today saying that the Swede had counselled top players against various protest actions that would constitute a breach of their contracts, including a boycott of the upcoming close season tour of Thailand, where the Manchester City owner is up on corruption charges. He'll get off; he's the ex-PM and has an elaborate network of supporters. But his latest franchise isn't going to give him an easy ride. Meanwhile, the 'Save Sven' petition is clocking up over 4,000 signatures a day, the fans are holding firm, and the club officials are being predictably subservient - cancelling pre-match press conferences to avoid embarrassment. Ironically, the front page of When Saturday Comes from September last year has a picture of (loaned out) striker Ronaldo Bianchi holding a shirt alongside Sven. "Is he a fit and proper person?" asks the Italian's speech bubble, alluding to Thaksin. "Of course, he's a billionaire," replies Eriksson's.

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