Writer: J P Fear
Date:Tuesday January 24 2006
Well, the papers will have a feeding frenzy following the news that England coach Sven-Goran Eriksson will quit the role after the World Cup.
Sven, who is the highest paid national coach in the world thanks to the bumbling fools at the FA (woops, sorry!), confirmed he would step down and is looking to end his reign on a high.
The manager, who was recently stung by a 'Fake Sheikh' reporter set up where he was quoted as saying he would be interested in a 'hypothetical' move to Aston Villa now hopes to be able to concentrate on the teams preparations for the World Cup.
Reports suggest that his five-year reign will end after the FA forced him to accept a pay-off following more revelations in the News of the World last weekend.
'I am happy that we have reached this agreement and can now continue our preparations for the World Cup.' I bet he is happy, with reports suggesting he will get up to a third of his contract (due to run out in 2008) paid up for leaving!
'I know that I have the full support of the players and the FA and it is important to stress to everyone just how committed I am to achieving success this summer. I care passionately about this job and I want everyone to know that. I have always enjoyed the incredible support of the fans and I know how important they will be to us in Germany. This summer is the culmination of everything we have been working towards over the last five years. Let's go and win the World Cup.'
So, the FA have ended the speculation regarding Sven and fed the papers months of juicy stories about who will succeed him! Expect Sam Allardyce, Steve McClaren, Stuart Pearce and Alan Curbishley to get linked several hundred times. Shame for former Villa manager John Gregory, he was once touted as a future England manager, now he doesn't even get a look in at club level. I tell you what, the likes of Newcastle could do a hell of a lot worse - and have done so with Souness!
Date:Tuesday January 24 2006
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