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Would Sven Be Welcome At Villa?

Well, as if things at Villa weren't bizarre enough, it now looks like former England manager Sven Goran Eriksson might put some of his own personal wealth into a Swedish consortium to buy Aston Villa.

The Sun claim Sven would be boss if the Swedes are successful, but it is also suggested he is looking to be one of the investors.

Looks like the Sheikh might have been fake, but his interest in Villa wasn't?

Eriksson`s business adviser Lars Sternmarker is quoted in the Sun as saying:

"Sven is interested in any club, national team or job in football involving a team that can be competitive for winning titles. I`m aware that a consortium is trying to buy Aston Villa and I will be talking to Athole Still about it."

Villa`s Swedish defender Olof Mellberg said "It would be great if he could come to the club. I`m confident that he`s a great manager and he would be great for us.'

So what do you think? He had a good record on paper as the national boss, but we lacked the fighting spirit to go all the way and some of his decisions left him lambasted in the press. BUT, his club record is fantastic:

Swedish Cup Winners 1979
Swedish League Champions 1981
Swedish League Champions 1982
UEFA Cup Winners 1982
Portuguese League Champions 1983
Portuguese League Champions 1984
Portuguese Cup Winners 1983
Italian Cup Winners 1986
Portuguese League Champions 1991
Italian Cup Winners 1994
Italian Cup Winners 1998
Italian Super Cup Winners 1998
UEFA Cup Winners' Cup Winners 1999
UEFA Super Cup Winners 1999
Italian League Champions 2000

I would imagine, if he came in with big money backers and attracted the stars - and lets face it, he could attract the stars, then maybe most Villa fans would be 'ok' about it (I could be wrong, let me know via comments and poll votes!) but what about away fans? Sven has, it is said, never liked the constant media attention by the British press, how would coming to Villa correct that situation?

Interesting times!




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Writer: J P Fear Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Saturday July 29 2006

Time: 11:25AM

Your Comments

I would welcome Sven. He has a pedigree that can't be ignored or denied. He has had more success in the domestic game, in various leagues, then O'Neill. He would be able to attract the bigger names to the club, O'Neill is only well known in the UK.
still skeggy
i'm noy saying i'd want him there but every england manager since robson (venables excluded) has been turned into a hate figure. Taylor was by far worse than sven but the media said nowt when he came back to the villa (we did!). Hoddle did ok with England until he started forcing his religious values on the team, Keegan should never have been given the job in the first place, but we can forgive him as he used to sport a tight perm with pride. Sven was a decent enough club manager, and remember Man U thought he was good enough. The only reason he's being knocked now is that his failure with england is still to fresh in the mind. as soon as England lose a game they shouldn't under Maclaren then sven will be a distant memory. it also may mean we'd get some hot secretary's at VP for him to have his way with....
bobbyfett
I'm quite happy to have Sven as manager
Christo
if we cant have o'neill ill settle for sven...like you say, his record is second to none,i think he would attract the higher profile players.
JASON
it would be nice to see Beckham in claret and blue as well !
bobbyfett
Actually his record is second to Murinios but that's just me being picky. I would like to see Sven at VP in the long term but I don't think he's the right man to get the best out of the players we have, with the obvious exception of the true quality we have at VP. As with most others, I still want O'Neill but Sven would be a fantastic alternative (I prefer not to say second choice as for some clubs I think Sven would be better but O'Neill is best for VP)
Villain Of The North
Sven has no passion, we need someone who is gonna be on the touch line yelling ,he is all about the money.
samtozer
Picking through all the tit bits on the apparent four bidders, this one excites me the most. I do not agree with the majority of people that think Sven is a poor manager just because he does not run up and down the touchline shouting and drooling like a madman. As you say, look at his record.
Dannygav
His record is good but he achieved nothing with england exept for a great pay packet im not sure he got what it takes to do it in the prem. As for beckham his best days are way behind him, villa dont need him we got great potential coming through.
samtozer
All the successful England managers were mediocre club managers and vis versa
Steve64k
I would welcome him too. He may have not won the world cup but he's still a top manager. He would defenately attract the players to the Villa also. And he can spot talent when he see's it. He picked Lennon and Hargreaves against fans backing and they where great players.
Burnsy
I agree with samtozer above. The man has no passion and he could not inspire the England team, with all their talent. How could he inspire our AV players after all they have been through over the past couple of years? They need some dynamism, not Swedish aloofness. And leave Beckham where he is!
Marsimbo
Not thrilled by the prospect and rumours of him moving to Villa Park. I wouldnt want him, but then again I have no say in the matter. I think he's over-rated. I dont think much of him as a coach, and his man-management skills are virtually non-existant. Put me down as a no, a definite no no.
glensider
Beckham wud b nice, if he could get Rooney in aswell i mite consider it :)
Villa1982
 

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