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Sven Goran Eriksson: I wish I'd joined Manchester City two years later...
Published : 11 Mar 2011 11:25:33
Sven Goran Eriksson has revealed his regret at missing out on the riches that arrived at Manchester City just months after he was sacked as manager. The former England coach - now boss at Championship side Leicester City - took over at Eastlands in the summer of 2007 but spent just one season in charge before being dismissed in June 2008 by Thai owner Thaksin Shinawatra - who sold out to the Abu Dhabi Group less than three months later 'I came to Manchester City two or three years too early,' said Eriksson. 'I should have come with the other owners, that would have been great.' City gent: Sven Goran Eriksson acknowledges the Eastlands crowd during his brief spell in charge of Manchester City Eriksson believes it will only be a matter of time before City's huge spending reaps the rewards coveted by billionaire owner Sheik Mansour. He added: 'If they continue spending and buying like they have been, sooner or later they will win, and go on to win the Premier League and also a trophy in Europe. Maybe this year.' Wily old fox: Eriksson is now doing an impressive job at Championship side Leicester City However, the 63-year-old Swede insists it will still take more than just hard cash to turn Roberto Mancini's team into genuine powers at the top of the game. 'Money is not enough if you are thinking about short term,' he said. 'I don't think you can buy a team and in one or two years make it the biggest team in the world. You need more time. 'Money is necessary. You will not win the Premier League or Champions League today without money. It is impossible unfortunately.' In an interview on Yahoo Dugout, Eriksson, who has taken Leicester to the brink of the Championship play-off places in his first season at the Walkers Stadium, has also given his views on the much-debated prospect of a winter break in the English game - going as far as to suggest that the FA consider switching the domestic campaign from winter to summer. 'I sometimes agree with the people who say we should start the season in March and end in November,' said Eriksson. 'With the Premier League the pitches are good all year around. The main problem I see is for the youth teams, when they have to play on frozen pitches in January and February. 'We don't play football when we should play football. We should play football in the summer but I understand it is maybe impossible. It is a tradition in this country for everyone to go to football on Boxing day. 'However. if you look at it practically we don't play football when we the pitches are at their best, which is a little bit crazy.' Visit the Dugout at www.yahoo.co.uk/dugout for new interviews every week with England's top football managers. Explore more:People: Roberto Mancini, Sven Goran Eriksson Places: Manchester, United Kingdom, Europe