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Man City threatens Eriksson with the sack

Manchester City manager Sven-Göran Eriksson has been warned by his chairman, Thaksin Shinawatra, that if results don't improve he will be sacked.

Man City threatens Eriksson with the sack
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According to reports in the British media Thaksin and his board at Manchester City have tired of their Swedish manager after a poor run of results which has left the Premiership side languishing in eighth place.

“Thaksin rang Sven to reprimand him telling him he would be sacked at the end of the season if results did not improve,” a City source told The Guardian.

Eriksson’s team have won only five of the 17 Premier League and FA Cup fixtures this year and before Saturday’s fortunate away win over Sunderland, had won only two of the last 12.

Manchester City’s impressive start to the season seems to have been forgotten by Thaksin as his minimum requirement of a Uefa Cup place now seems a distant dream. Manchester City were however quick to deny reports on Saturday that Eriksson is in line for the sack in the summer.

Eriksson is reported to retain a good reputation in European footballing circles with Benfica, Valencia and Chelsea named as potential suitors.

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Croatian player tests positive ahead of Sweden match

Croatian midfielder Marcelo Brozovic tested positive for Covid-19 on Friday, a day ahead of the country's Nations League match with Sweden, the Croatian football federation (HNS) said.

Croatian player tests positive ahead of Sweden match
Croatian midfielder Marcelo Brozovic (left) tested positive for coronavirus on Friday. Photo: Miguel Medina / AFP
“Brozovic's Inter Milan and Swedish epidemiologists were informed about the positive test,” an HNS statement said.
   
The player's positive result came two days after defender Domagoj Vida was informed of a positive Covid-19 test after playing the first half of a friendly with Turkey in Istanbul.
   
Apart from Brozovic, 27, one staff member also tested positive.
   
They were both isolated from other members of the national team.
   
After Sweden, Croatia play another Nations League game against Portugal on Tuesday.
   
Croatia, runners-up at the 2018 World Cup, are third in their Nations League group which also includes France, the team that beat them to the World Cup, Cristiano Ronaldo's Portugal and Sweden.
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