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Monday, January 16, 2006

Svennis The Menace and Other Stories

Well, if you're British, you can't fail to have noticed the fuss surrounding yesterday's News of The World story about Sven Goran Eriksson's meeting with an undercover reporter. The reporter - Mazher Mahmood -was posing as an Arab Sheik . Mr Mahmood seems to have something of a Sheik fetish, considering how frequently this particular reporter dons this disguise.

And what was the outcome of this meeting ? What shocking revelations did Mr Mahmood uncover ? Um...well, he found out that Sven likes vintage wine and Dom Perignon champagne. So do I but I'm not splashed all over the cover of the News of the World.

He also found out - and I know this will shock you as much as it did me - that Sven is looking for another job after the World Cup and rates himself very highly as a manager. No, surely not ? How could he be so calculating as to open himself up to other football opportunities while still England manager.

And there's more...having downed a few bottles of wine and champagne, Sven Eriksson was a little bit indiscreet about some of his players. Outrage ! A guy has a few drinks and his tongue loosens. Horror ! Hold the front page.

And what were these revelations. Well, apparently Ryan Giggs would have preferred to play for England than Wales. Really ? I am surprised.

David Beckham wants to come back to England after three trophy-less years playing football for Madrid. No ! You don't say ?

Michael Owen isn't entirely happy playing at Newcastle but the money was too good to turn down. Unbelievable ? A footballer putting money before pride. Who would have thought it ?

Seriously though, this whole story is a bit of non-event. Sven should have been more discreet, sure, but this is a lot of fuss about nothing. The only shocking thing about it is that
Max Clifford has come out in support of Eriksson. Now that really is shocking.

posted by mark_s at 10:57 AM


Blogger Mr Ade said...

Sven looks to have shot himself in the foot this time as I believe that irrespective of whether England win or loose the World Cup he would have no choice but to leave his job as England manager after the tournament. I guess he got carried away in Dubai but then again he was probably just stating already known facts. The England players would find it difficult confiding in him after this latest gaff.

4:03 PM  

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