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Last Updated: Wednesday, 11 July 2007, 06:01 GMT 07:01 UK
Eriksson to concentrate on youth
By Simon Austin

Tord Grip and Sven-Goran Eriksson
Shinawatra's camp say Eriksson will get a 50m transfer kitty
Sven-Goran Eriksson will focus on youth as he looks to strengthen his Manchester City squad, says his right-hand man Tord Grip.

Eriksson has been promised a 50m transfer budget by owner Thaksin Shinawatra and Grip has been recruited to help him identify targets.

"We need to look for good young players in particular," Grip told BBC Sport.

"We will also buy some experience of course, but we are looking to build a team for the future."


He added: "We need to work on every area - the back line, midfield and up front.

"And of course we'll be looking at bringing in English players - we know them very well from our time with the national team."

Everyone starts with a clean slate, Sven is not the kind of man to hold a grudge

Tord Grip

Eriksson was named City boss last week and has installed Grip, who worked as his assistant with Lazio and England, as an adviser.

The duo toured City's Carrington training complex last week and met the club's players and staff.

Grip said he was particularly impressed with City's academy.

"The academy here has done very well," he said.

"There are already six or seven players from the academy who have made it into the first team.

"Sven and I already knew about Micah Richards, Stephen Ireland and Nedum Onuoha and I'm told that Daniel Sturridge is a very good player.

"It's exciting for Manchester City."

Sturridge, 17, has been prolific for City's youth team and made his Premiership debut for the club last season.

Daniel Sturridge
City's academy has turned out bright hopes like striker Daniel Sturridge

And 69-year-old Grip said Eriksson had not arrived at City with any pre-conceived ideas about his players.

Right-back Danny Mills criticised Eriksson when he was England coach, and misfiring strikers Georgios Samaras and Bernardo Corradi were targets of the Eastlands crowd last season.

"We are open for everything," Grip said. "Everyone starts with a clean slate, Sven is not the kind of man to hold a grudge."

The Swedish duo have been away from football since Eriksson stepped down as England manager at the end of the 2006 World Cup.

And Grip said he was relishing the opportunity to work in the game again.

"It's absolutely fantastic to be back working with players - this is a wonderful opportunity," he said.

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