Not Sven again

Paddy Power suspended betting early on Wednesday afternoon, on Sven-Goran Eriksson becoming next Aston Villa manager after a massive surge of bets on the Swede to be the man to relace Martin O’Neill.

As is usually the case in these markets, Betfair is generally a good indicator to see if anything is happening, and they have Eriksson at 3.05 favourite. Liquidity is currently very low, which would suggest there is not much good information out there on the likelihood of this happening at the moment.

With a bit of luck all this is just a rumour that got out of hand, and Randy Lerner is not that desperate to give Sven the job. I do hope though, that Lerner dosen’t make a rash decision and give him the job just because he is available, and the season is about to start.

So far Eriksson, who seems to be the parasite of English football, is yet to claim to have always been a lifelong Villa fan, but his agent has thrown his hat into the ring on his behalf.

Lerner Defends Himself

It is hard to know what to make of the situation at Villa now. On one hand Martin O’Neill would appear to have damaged his reputation walking out in this way, this close to the start of the season.

From Randy Lerner’s response on Wednesday, where he stated that the two men “no longer shared a common view as to how to move forward”, it would suggest that he is saying that O’Neill didn’t except the financial restraints being placed on him.

On the other hand, it has been common knowledge for some time now that Lerner had called time on big spending, and he made it clear to everyone that players needed to be sold before new ones could come in, that the books needed to be balanced.

O’Neill would have been well aware of this. So why quit now?

Could it be that O’Neill maybe reluctantly accepted this, but then was told that the amount of money that would be made available to him from the proposed sale of James Milner to Manchester City would not be the full amount recieved?

If so, O’Neill could rightly say that Lerner has gone back on his word!

Is Capello really worse than Sven?

The backlash towards Fabio Capello from the English press today wasn’t as forthcoming as I expected it might be. The sort of headlines we have seen in the past slaughtering the likes of Graham Taylor, Steve McLaren and Sven Goran Eriksson never materialised.

One article that did catch my eye was the match report from Shaun Custis of the Sun. In it he starts with an apology to Sven Goran Eriksson, claiming that the Swede’s tenure was now the golden era of the last 40 years. And that this certainly isn’t.

I know he’s being slightly sarcastic about Capello, but I have disagree that Eriksson’s era was the best since we won the world cup. Sir Bobby Robson’s reign was far better than he was ever given credit for, and even Terry Venables short period in charge provided a brief two week high for the English public. Sven did give us the 5-1 victory in Munich, and the 1-0 victory over our other arch enemy, Argentina in 2002.

With Custis at best comparing Capello with Eriksson, it is proof that Fabio’s extended period of grace with the press has finally run out. If his team fails against Slovenia on Wednesday, then he will surely feel the full force of the English media come down on him with all their collective might.

He has one last chance to prove all his doubters wrong, and that list of doubters seems to be growing all the time with David James appearing to have added his name to it.

During James’ aftermatch radio interview he said “I found out five minutes before we got on the bus. Usual standard.” Refering to the lateness of the team selection, he then went on to say “We train hard now for a few days and wait for the selection again five minutes before we leave again on Wednesday”.

Hardly a ringing endorsement for Capello’s policy of naming the team as late as possible. It remains to be seen whether David James is speaking for just himself, or whether there is further displeasure within the squad with Capello’s attitude towards the players.

The two performances so far could suggest there might be unrest, Wednesday will go a long way to confirming one way or the other.

Liverpool fans, be afraid

Be very afraid, just when you thought it couldn’t get any worse, Sven Goran Eriksson has thrown his hat into the ring for the managers job, and with an admission that apparently he is a life long Liverpool fan!!

I believe that Liverpool did the right thing in sacking Benitez, but even I’d have to admit that Rafa would surely be a better bet than Sven.

The bookies currently have Eriksson 4th in the betting at a best price of 7/1 with Ladbrokes. Martin O’Neill is favourite at 7/4, Roy Hodgson is 9/4 and King Kenny is 4/1.

According to one Liverpool fan I heard on a radio phone in, Roy Hodgson isn’t up to the job, as he has never managed a club as big as Liverpool.

Make your own minds up on that one!

I’m sure he’s never managed a club in as much disarray as Liverpool. The fan in question also said he would gladly welcome back a man who hasn’t managed for the best part of 10 years though.

Romantic as a Dalglish return sounds, football is a serious business and surely Kenny has had his day.

A caretaker capacity, yes by all means. But next permanent manager…..not for me.