Sven-Goran Eriksson has been linked with the vacant manager’s position at Sheffield United, and he could just be what they need
Since David Weir’s sacking, there have been a few names linked with the Sheffield United managerial job. Nigel Clough, Karl Robinson and now former England manager Sven-Goran Eriksson seem to be the frontrunners.
Eriksson’s reputation in England is mixed, but in my opinion he would be a good option for Sheffield United who are currently bottom of the third tier. His record at England was a relatively impressive one. He took the national side to three consecutive quarter finals at major championships. Not spectacular but a consistent showing and something that others have struggled to match since. Following his England spell he took over at Manchester City.
At Manchester City, the Swede was very successful despite being ousted at the end of his only season in charge. After occupying third early on in the season, and being in the top six until the turn of they year, reports were that owner Thaksin Shinawatra was looking to terminate his contract at the end of the season. Performances dropped, and players threatened to go on strike. It seemed as if they did when in the last game of the season they lost 8-1 to Middlesbrough. Eriksson did depart despite leading City to 9th, with their highest points total in the Premier League at the time (55) and despite becoming the first manager since 1969-1970 to do the double of Manchester United.
Sven’s next spell as manager in England, was at Leicester City. He took over when they were struggling, just as Sheffield United are now. Sat in the relegation zone in October 2010 when he took over, they were as high as 7th in February and took his former club Manchester City to a replay in the FA Cup. Their form was helped by some high profile signings including Yakubu and Kyle Naughton. Their form tailed off and they finished 10th. Favourites for the next season Sven was again unfairly sacked when Leicester were just two points off the play-offs after 13 games.
His career in England has been a solid one, and it seems his dismissals have been a bit unjust. This is without mentioning the numerous trophies he has won as manager. One Serie A title, three Coppa Italia’s, one UEFA Cup, one UEFA Cup Winners Cup, three Portuguese league titles. The list goes on. He has a good record, and is clearly desperate to have another shot at managing in England. I think the board at Sheffield United should give him a go. He’ll definitely drag them away from the relegation zone, and up towards the right end of the table.