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Eriksson unfazed by exit reports

Sven-Goran Eriksson
Sven-Goran Eriksson's side beat Portsmouth 3-1 on Sunday

Sven-Goran Eriksson is confident he will still be Manchester City manager next season despite reports he could be replaced in the summer.

Eriksson told BBC Radio 5 Live he would meet owner Thaksin Shinawatra, who has promised a review of structures and personnel at the club, next weekend.

"I am not worried at all, absolutely not," he said after Sunday's 3-1 victory over Portsmouth at Eastlands.

"I believe I will be sitting in this chair next season."

Shinawatra brought in former England boss Eriksson when he took control of the club last summer.


City made an encouraging start to the Premier League season, winning their first three games, including a victory over neighbours Manchester United, and their first nine league matches at Eastlands.

But they have slipped to eighth with an indifferent record since the turn of the year, Sunday's win only their second at home since December.

I don't think you can compete with the four big clubs

Sven-Goran Eriksson
"I can understand people not being happy with the second half of the season," added Eriksson. "My opinion, over the whole season, is that we have done very well.

"I don't think, from a young and new team, many of whom have not played in the Premier League before, that you can expect to play brilliantly all the time.

"I don't think you can compete with the four big clubs. If you are among eight, nine, 10, it is a good result; if you can reach Europe, it is brilliant.

"We still have a chance and as long as that exists we will carry on going for it."

City are six points behind fifth-placed Everton with three games left.

City's form has not been helped by a glut of late-season injuries, and skipper Richard Dunne was added to the list on Sunday after he limped off with a hamstring injury.

see also
Man City 3-1 Portsmouth
20 Apr 08 |  Premier League
Thaksin coy on Eriksson's future
16 Apr 08 |  Man City
Sunderland 1-2 Man City
12 Apr 08 |  Premier League
Schmeichel set for Man City exit
16 Apr 08 |  Man City
Man City's Onuoha out for season
08 Apr 08 |  Man City
Micah Richards column
10 Apr 08 |  Football
Ronaldinho agent cools exit talk
08 Apr 08 |  Man City
Eriksson upbeat on Thaksin future
28 Feb 08 |  Man City

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