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Reid warns Thaksin over Eriksson

Thaksin Shinawatra
City owner Thaksin appointed Eriksson soon after buying the club

Peter Reid has launched a stinging attack on Manchester City owner Thaksin Shinawatra, saying he must "get a grip" and keep boss Sven-Goran Eriksson.

Eriksson has turned around the club's fortunes, but BBC Sport understands Shinawatra still plans to replace the Swede at the end of the season.

Ex-City boss Reid told BBC 5 Live Sport: "If Sven goes it's ridiculous, you'd have to start from day one again.

"If you start to take the mickey out of fans there'll be a backlash."

Eriksson has guided City to a guaranteed finish of at least ninth.

However, his side have struggled in recent months after an impressive first half to the campaign and Eriksson has been told by Thaksin he is "not the right man for the job".

Any club that's successful has got stability and Manchester City at the moment hasn't got that

Peter Reid

Thaksin, the former Prime Minister of Thailand, handed former England boss Eriksson a three-year contract after buying the club last summer.

And his plans to look elsewhere for a manager to marshall the 2008-09 campaign have been condemned by Reid.

The former Everton and England midfielder, who managed City from 1990-93, said: "[Thaksin] has got to get a life.

"Any club that's successful has got stability and Manchester City at the moment hasn't got that.

"[Eriksson] has done brilliantly. When you bring in eight or nine players it's hard to gel them so he's done better than I thought he'd do.

"I just fear for Manchester City.

"Whatever you say about football clubs it's the fans that go through the gates who support them - they're the real owners.

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"If they don't come through the gates them owners, them football clubs are worth nothing.

"I think [Thaksin] has got to get a grip. It's alright running a country, sometimes it's harder to run a football club."

League Managers Association chief executive Richard Bevan told BBC Sport on Wednesday: "Success for Manchester City is getting into the top 10 and Sven has done that.

"We implore Dr Shinawatra to rethink his strategy and to keep Sven."

Bevan urged the Thai billionaire to take the example of Manchester United, who have the Premier League's longest-serving manager in Sir Alex Ferguson, and stick with Eriksson.

"I'm sure Sven will deliver, not only for the players, the club and the owners, but most importantly the fans," he added.

"Just look across the way to Manchester United, one manager in almost 22 years, look what they have won and look what Manchester City have won in the last 20 years."


see also
Eriksson to be sacked by Man City
29 Apr 08 |  Man City
The end of Eriksson's era
29 Apr 08 |  Man City
City quiet on Sven rumours
29 Apr 08 |  England
Fans' anger at Sven "sacking"
29 Apr 08 |  England
Sven's signings - hits or misses?
29 Apr 08 |  Man City
Thaksin coy on Eriksson's future
16 Apr 08 |  Man City
Man City 2-3 Fulham
26 Apr 08 |  Premier League
Micah Richards column
16 Apr 08 |  Football


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