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Eriksson set to lead Man City on Asia tour

Manchester City's Swedish manager Sven-Göran Eriksson will be in charge for his team's tour of Asia this month, a report said on Wednesday, as speculation mounts that Luiz Felipe Scolari will be his successor.

Club owner Thaksin Shinawatra is in Thailand and was asked about Eriksson Wednesday, but only smiled in response as he prepared to board a plane for China to play golf.

However, City spokesman Paul Tyrell was quoted in the Bangkok Post as saying the Swede would be on the tour that includes matches in Thailand on May 17th and Hong Kong on May 22nd.

“The media speculation (about Eriksson’s fate) does not affect the visit. Mr. Eriksson will be attending,” said Tyrell.

Asked if Eriksson would remain at the club, Tyrell said no official announcement had been made and that Thaksin would conduct a full review at the end of the season.

The English Premier League club play their final game of the current campaign against Middlesbrough this weekend.

Former Thai premier Thaksin is widely expected to fire Eriksson even though he will deliver on the target of a top-half finish during his first season in charge at Eastlands.

Thaksin’s lack of support for the former England manager has angered many

City fans who almost unanimously came out in support of the Swede in the 1-0 defeat at Liverpool at the weekend.

But his days appear numbered with English newspapers reporting Wednesday that City have offered Portugal coach Scolari a package worth 3.2 million pounds a year ($6.3 million) to succeed Eriksson.

The Times of London said Thaksin has demanded an answer from Scolari before the Brazilian leads Portugal into the European Championship finals next month.

It said Scolari was understood to be interested, but would prefer to wait until after the finals in Austria and Switzerland before making a decision on his future.

City arrive in Thailand on May 14th to open a club store before playing against the Thailand Premier All-Stars on May 17th.

The team will then relax in the resort of Pattaya before leaving on May 20 for matches in Hong Kong against a South China XI and Italian giants Juventus.

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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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