Manchester City: Should Sven Goran Eriksson Get the Boot?

Jamie MasonCorrespondent IApril 29, 2008

They say football is a fickle sport but the goings on at the City Of Manchester Stadium are nothing short of criminal.

The last 2 season Manchester City fans have had to put up with relegation battles.  When Stuart Pearce was relieved of his duties I think the only thing the City fans wanted was a manager that wouldn't take them down, then up pops Thaksin Shinawatra who purchases the club and brings in former England manager Sven Goran Eriksson.

Sven was given an open cheque book and it didn't take him long bringing in signings from all over Europe, some settled quickly like Martin Petrov, some couldn't adjust to the English lifestyle and went home (Rolando Bianchi) but with all these new faces Sven needed time for his team to gel.  He didn't even know who his number 1 was starting with Kasper Schmeichal who kept 3 clean sheets in his first 3 games (including one against rivals Manchester United) and then Joe Hart took over and has stayed ever since.

The plan?  Season one, finish in the top 10, season two, a UEFA Cup place then season three Champions League.

And how have Man City done?  They started off the season in a blaze of glory including a 1-0 win against Manchester United but since Christmas they have only managed 20 points out of 54 but have managed their first "double" over United in over 30 years.

Currently in ninth position a top half finish is guaranteed so mission accomplished surely.  Also the youth teams cup win over Chelsea and the emerging talents of Micah Ricards, Nedum Onuoha and striker Daniel Sturridge have shown there are bright times ahead for the fans at the City Of Manchester so what is Sven's reward for doing so well?  The sack

How can the owner justify this, yes they have had a poor second half of the season but they have still done better than some predicted at the start of the season and with a few signings during the summer Manchester City could well find themselves in the hunt for a UEFA Cup place and maybe even a domestic cup run so surely it is only right that Sven is the man to lead them