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Eriksson clinging on at Man City

Sven-Göran Eriksson is determined to stay on as manager of Manchester City, his agent has said, despite indications that he could be facing the sack.

Eriksson clinging on at Man City

The former England boss met with the club’s Thai owner Thaksin Shinawatra on Monday and will be in charge of training on Wednesday.

Eriksson’s position was further undermined by a demoralizing 3-2 loss to relegation strugglers Fulham at the weekend, squandering a 2-0 lead, but the Swede’s agent Athole Still insisted: “There is no way he will quit after the successful job he has done.”

Eriksson has also received firm backing from Michael Ball, City’s captain on Saturday in the absence of Richard Dunne, who said the squad were to a man supportive of the former England manager.

“Every player is 100 percent behind him (Eriksson). We like his methods, the way he trains, the way he goes about his tactics,” Ball said.

“If the club wants to go forward we have got to keep the coaching staff and obviously add a few more players.”

Eriksson in return blasted his players for the Fulham defeat.

He told the club’s official website: “We had a lot of defenders injured, so the backline was completely new but we didn’t lose to Fulham just because of that. We lost because our attitude in the last 20 minutes to defending throughout went away.

“At the end of the game we had four, five players up the field like strikers and not even walking back, that’s not acceptable. Adding to that, we had a new back four so we will have to learn the lesson.

“You have to take blows to the head, like we did on Saturday, to learn so it does not happen again. We have to learn to get behind the ball when we lose it.”

City released a statement saying: “Sven-Göran Eriksson is attending a Football Foundation event in London tonight on behalf of the club and he will be at Carrington tomorrow morning to take training as normal.

“Sven-Göran Eriksson has confirmed that he has no plans to leave the club.”

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‘Svennis’ Eriksson in talks over Iran move

Former England manager Sven-Göran Eriksson has held talks with Persepolis FC over the prospect of becoming the Iranian football team's next coach.

'Svennis' Eriksson in talks over Iran move

Eriksson, who originates from Värmland in Sweden, left Iran Thursday after holding talks with Persepolis FC official, the state news agency IRNA reported.

The nomadic manager, known affectionately as “Svennis” in his homeland, flew to Dubai after the negotiations held Wednesday night on Iran’s Kish Island, in the Gulf, the agency said.

“He will later announce his decision on our proposal,” Persepolis football club president Mohammad Rouyanian was quoted as saying.

British newspapers this week reported the struggling Iranian side was looking to spend around £1 million ($1.6 million) to secure Eriksson, who left Leicester City last month by “mutual agreement”.

The 63-year-old Swede had signed a two-year contract with Leicester City just a year earlier, after a number of unsuccessful spells – including with Manchester City, Mexico and League Two outfit Notts County – since leaving the England job, which he held 2001-2006.

Prior to the England job, Eriksson enjoyed successful spells with IFK Gothenburg, where victory in the 1982 UEFA cup paved the way for him to try his managerial skills in Europe’s major leagues.

Benfica was his first port of call and after two league wins he moved to Italy, spending time at Roma, Fiorentina and Sampdoria and finally a successful four years with Lazio, crowned with a Serie A league win in 2000.

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