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Sven denies Citizens contact

21 Jun 2007 - 07:56:01

Sven-Goran Eriksson has not had any contact with Manchester City, despite reports claiming the former England coach is potential buyer Thaksin Shinawatra's number one choice to be the new manager.

The former Thai prime minister, whose protracted efforts to buy the club remain in doubt, wants the 59-year-old Swede to replace the sacked Stuart Pearce in the Eastlands hot-seat.

But Eriksson's agent Athole Still has not been contacted by representatives of Shinawatra - but did admit his client would be interested in a return to football with the Citizens.

"There has not been any kind of meeting or contact between Sven-Goran Eriksson, myself or anyone purporting to represent us with either Thaksin Shinawatra himself or any of his representatives, or anyone purporting to be," he told Sky Sports News.

"It's just nonsense and I haven't the vaguest idea where these stories come from. But I can tell you categorically it is absolutely untrue.

"There has been no contact whatsoever and to say there have been meetings is rubbish.

"I don't believe it's coming from Manchester City, it's certainly not coming from us and I can't see why it would be coming from Shinawatra.

"Someone's seen a whiff of a rumour and given it arms and legs. It's laughable.

"He'd be interested in a club like them but at the moment nothing is happening - that's the absolute truth."

Meanwhile, Shinawatra, who was ousted in a military coup last October, has been charged with corruption by Thai prosecutors.

Shinawatra's wife has also been implicated in the charges which will be heard before the Thai High Court on July 10.


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