Sven Goran Eriksson - My Fake Diary

Saturday, 25 August 2012

It seems I was not popular with the English after leaving the job as manager.

In July 2007, after leaving the England job, I became the new manager of Manchester City after signing a three-year contract worth £2.7m a year plus bonuses.

Not a lot by today's standards.

I received the Premier League's Manager of the Month award for August.

The club stayed in the top six throughout the rest of 2007, and were third throughout October and November.

In Spring 2008 Shinawatra claimed that he would replace Eriksson after only one full season, because of an "avalanche of very poor results which is unacceptable at this level". This resulted in an outcry from Manchester City fans who coordinated an SOS ("Save Our Sven") campaign, including a well attended march from the City centre to Eastlands stadium and a flood of letters to the club and the Manchester Evening News.

The failure to react to public and fan demands resulted in high volume of fans cancelling or not renewing their season tickets. Also, the team announced that they would go on strike.

In the last game of the season, Manchester City suffered an 8-1 loss to Middlesbrough, the biggest defeat of my career.

I became the first Manchester City manager since 1969-70 to win both league derby games against Manchester United and also achieved the club's joint highest Premier League point total at the time, 55.

On 2 June 2008, Manchester City confirmed that they had parted company with me by "mutual consent", with me still having two years left on my contract.

Then came the Mexican fiasco... but I made millions out of that one too.

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