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City chief targets Europe

08 Nov 2007 - 07:01:48

Manchester City owner Thaksin Shinawatra has set his sights on a UEFA Cup spot after admitting his surprise at the speed at which Sven-Goran Eriksson has turned around the club's fortunes.

The former Thai prime minister completed a protracted takeover at Eastlands during the summer and immediately set about revitalising the club by appointing Eriksson and handing the former England coach a hefty transfer kitty.

But with the Citizens now sitting pretty in the Premier League table, Shinawatra believes European qualification in his first season at the helm is a real possibility.

Eriksson had guided City to eight wins from the opening 12 league matches.

"When I first started to discuss buying Manchester City we hoped to be in the top ten, but now I think we can get into the UEFA Cup," Shinawatra told ESPN.

"We are a sleeping giant. I am glad to be the one to wake that giant.

"I thought we would bring success to this club but I did not expect it to be this quick.

"There is a blend of the old players and the new. They are playing so well together and there is a good team spirit. Everything is coming together quite quickly."

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