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Right man for the job?
Sven Goran Eriksson
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Sven Goran Eriksson
Date: 29/03/01, updated on 29/03/01 (149 review reads)
Advantages: Great manager, lots of experience
Disadvantages: Some people won't accept him
So Sven Goran Eriksson has been in charge for two matches now and England have won both, looking better than they ever did when Kevin Keegan was the manager.
But the big question’s remain.
Will he ever be accepted by everyone in England?
It is very unlikely that this will ever occur. Some people, including me, were insistent that under no circumstances should England be managed by a foreigner – a countries’ football team is not that countries’ football team unless it is managed by someone from that country, was a common argument amongst England fans. But by the time of Sven’s first match in charge about 80% of those people, again including me, had decided to get behind the Swede, as if he wasn’t successful then England would not improve as they need to. There is no question about the fact that the better the results are on the pitch, the more Sven Goran Eriksson will be accepted off the pitch. However there will always be those so-called England “fans” who fail to get behind the team – the same ones who go abroad in major tournaments and cause trouble, the same ones who boo certain players depending on what club team they play for.
How will Eriksson adapt to the English media?
In many people’s opinion, Sven Goran Eriksson will be fine until he faces the wrath of the English media – then they say he will go the same way as other England managers in the past, and not be able to cope with the pressure. But there is no evidence to back this claim up.
Eriksson is a hugely experienced manager who has successfully managed in Italy, where the press are said to be worse than here in England – he was fine then and it is likely that he will be fine again. Already he has the vast majority of journalists on his side, but again their opinion will depend upon the results that he generates.
How good is Eriksson’s knowledge of the English game?
was quite clear that when Sven Goran Eriksson took over as manager of England he knew as much about English football as the average American. He was constantly embarrassed by people asking questions about players he had never heard of. But now he knows as much as anyone. He has been at every Premiership match possible – think of a match you have watched on television and I bet he was there.
How good is Eriksson as a manager?
There is no doubt that Sven Goran Eriksson has all of the top level experience that is required. He has succeeded in every country that he has managed in. Eriksson took part timers IFK Gothenburg to European glory, an achievement worthy of any top manger. Portugal was the next stop in Eriksson’s European tour, where he guided Benfica to the league title. Then it was off to Italy where he managed amongst others Lazio, taking them to the Serie A title, the hardest thing to do in European domestic football. Despite a poor start to this season there is no doubt that he was more success than failure at Lazio. This is a brilliant C.V. for a manager whose ability is unquestionable.
How successful will Eriksson be as manager of England?
In my opinion Eriksson will be the most successful manager that England have had since Bobby Robson, who took them to the 1990 World Cup semi-finals. Graham Taylor and Kevin Keegan were disasters, while Terry Venables and Glenn Hoddle both left the job for off the field reasons when things were staring to look good. Sven Goran Eriksson is blessed with an enormous amount of young talent whatever way you look at it, and it will take a lot of bad luck for Eriksson to fail in this job.
In my opinion it is possible that England could become a good enough team to reach at least the World Cup quarter finals and possibly the semi-finals. We have always had the players but not the manger to pull everything together. Now we have both so the future is bright for England. With
the team of Tord Grip, Steve McLaren and Peter Taylor part of "Team England" things are looking good.