Sven in dark over City axe

19 February 2009 08:43
Sven-Goran Eriksson has admitted he remains in the dark over the reasons behind his dismissal by Manchester City last summer.[LNB] The former England boss was given just 12 months at the helm of the Eastlands outfit before ex-owner Thaksin Shinawatra elected to bring in Mark Hughes.[LNB]City made an impressive start to life under the Swede last season before fading after Christmas, but still finished in a creditable ninth place and secured a Uefa Cup berth via the Fair Play league.[LNB]Eriksson, who has been linked with the Portsmouth vacancy, is now at the helm of Mexico but is under pressure after a series of mixed results, although he insists he will not walk away.[LNB]Yet it is his brief tenure at Eastlands which still causes Eriksson confusion several months after his departure.[LNB]Big adventureHe told World Soccer magazine: "I can't, to this day, understand it.[LNB]"Up to Christmas we were amongst the best three or four teams but, after that, the season was too long for most of the players.[LNB]"We had too many who weren't used to playing in the Premier League. In the end, they collapsed.[LNB]"It was a big adventure to be able to compete against the best teams.[LNB]"The owner had something in his head to have another coach.[LNB]"He had personal problems back in Thailand. He said just after sacking me, 'Sven, I love you'. And I actually still believe it was from the heart."[LNB]

Source: SKY_Sports