Sven Goran Eriksson Sacked As Leicester City Manager
Home Defeat to Millwall Ensures the Sacking of Sven.
Several newspapers and Television stations claimed that the Foxes’ big spending Thai owners dispensed with the former England manager after a crisis meeting and the club later confirmed the news in a statement although they used the phrase “mutual agreement” as opposed to referring to it as a sacking.
Another loss on Saturday left the club in 13th position but only two points behind the play-off places and five points behind second placed Middlesbrough.
A win would have put them fourth in the league, although they have only won two of their last seven matches.
Derek Fazackerley who is first team coach has also left the club, so academy director Jon Rudkin and coach Mike Stowell will jointly assume the role of acting manager of the first team.
Highly rated former boss Martin O’Neill has been tipped as the successor at the club. The Irishman has been without work since leaving Aston Villa at the start of last season.
Leicester’s official website stated “The process of recruiting a new permanent manager will begin in the coming days. There will be no further comments from the club or any comment on the recruitment process until an appointment is made.”
Eriksson, 63, is best-know for spells in charge of England, Roma, Lazio, Sampdoria and Manchester City. He has also managed clubs in Portugal and his native Sweden, and coached the Mexico and Ivory Coast national team.
Eriksson’s last two spells in English football ended acrimoniously.
He was controversially sacked by Manchester City in 2008, also owned by Thai, Thaksin Shinawatra – after leading them to 8th position in the premier League.
2009 saw the Swede take on an ill-fated, brief role as Notts County director of football. He quit this job once it came apparent that the funding did not exist for an ambitious project to take the club to the Premier League from League Two.
With Erikson’s large and impressive CV it will not be long before he is back in management, but the only question is will it be in England or will he decide to apply his trade elsewhere?