Milan Mandaric has appointed his seventh boss at struggling Leicester, up step Sven-Goran Eriksson, serial job-hopper. Eriksson and Mandaric sound like a match made in heaven, both love the media spotlight and like to be heard. Sven has signed a two year deal at Leicester and the ambition is get them into the Premier League, although his priority should be getting Leicester out of trouble.
Fresh from conceding 10 goals in 2 away games Mandaric axed previous boss Sousa and installed ladies man Eriksson as boss, Sven was in stands yesterday as Leicester beat Scunthorpe 3-1, Sven commented “What I saw yesterday, was very good. I liked what I saw. They played very well, they fought with big hearts – well done. I think the ambition of the club is fantastic. If they did not have ambition then I would not be interested.” I think what Sven means is, if Milan wasnt so generous in giving me a huge wage for the next two years I wouldn’t be here.
Apologies for being so cynical about Sven, but his recent employment history reminds me of playing Football Manager and applying for every job going. During his tenure as England boss I was impressed with his record – after all he masterminded the 5-1 victory against the Germans, I would consider him a relative success for England and he followed that up at Man City by doing a decent job, steady work. Although Svens extracurricular activities were drawing more attention than his day job, affairs with Ulrika Johnson and Faria Alam were taking up more headlines than ever.
After the Man City job in 2008, Sven took up the role as Mexico’s head coach with some disastrous results, losing to Jamica and Honduras and failing to beat Canada. It wasn’t long before the natives were restless and Sven decided to sniff out his next big paycheck, attracted by a middle-east consortium Sven somehow was director of football at Notts County?! He was reported to be on a £2m a year contract, but due to some financial issues which arose with the consortium Notts County was to be taken over again in February 2010 and Sven resigned, surprisingly waiving his multi million pound payoff.
Sven was then to have a three-month stint as boss of the Ivory Coast, which saw them eliminated from the World Cup at the group stages. God knows how much Sven pocketed for that nice little holiday in South Africa, fresh from his summer holiday Sven was desperately sending his CV out to every chairman in the country, first he was linked to Liverpool (thank god, that didn’t pay off), Fulham and Aston Villa. Failing to bag a Premiership job Sven has now landed at Championship side Leicester.
It could be a good move for Leicester in the respect that Sven could be able to attract some quality players with Mandaric bankrolling it, but my guessing is it won’t be long before Sven and Milan get bored with each other and go their seperate ways.