City silence fuels Sven doubt

City cancel press conference as Mourinho tipped to take over

Sven Goran Eriksson's future as Manchester City boss remains uncertain after the club cancelled the manager's routine pre-match press conference due to "exceptional circumstances".

The former England boss has kept a low profile in the build-up to Sunday's Premier League trip to Liverpool, while club owner Thaksin Shinawatra reportedly puts the finishing touches to his summer pay-off.

Speculation is mounting in the press with The Mirror claming Phil Scolari is on his way to City of Manchester Stadium while The Express says Jose Mourinho is being lined up by Shinawatra.

Eriksson has already been linked with a move away, most notably to one of his previous clubs, Benfica, whom Portuguese media claim want him to replace Jose Antonio Camacho.

"The door is not closed on Benfica," Eriksson's agent Athole Still told O Jogo.

"The question of money is important. He may have been contacted indirectly. If any club wish to talk with Eriksson, they must call me."

Meanwhile, Eriksson has done his best to shrug off the speculation and perhaps put Thaksin in a more difficult position by winning the last two matches of a promising season, starting at Anfield.

Concentrate

Quoted in the Manchester Evening News, Eriksson said: "We are all professionals and we must concentrate on the two games we have left to play.

"It is strange to have two away games to finish and they are both difficult matches but I am sure we are going to produce good performances in both those matches.

"If we will win or not at Liverpool, you never know because they are a top side but all those fans that travel to see us play at Anfield and all those watching back home will see a good performance.

"The players are determined. There are certainly no signs in training that they have packed their bags for their summer holiday. They did excellent sessions earlier this week and playing Liverpool is always special.

"There will be days of speculation, I am sure, but we must be focused on winning matches."

City cancel press conference as Mourinho tipped to take over

Sven Goran Eriksson's future as Manchester City boss remains uncertain after the club cancelled the manager's routine pre-match press conference due to "exceptional circumstances".

The former England boss has kept a low profile in the build-up to Sunday's Premier League trip to Liverpool, while club owner Thaksin Shinawatra reportedly puts the finishing touches to his summer pay-off.

Speculation is mounting in the press with The Mirror claming Phil Scolari is on his way to City of Manchester Stadium while The Express says Jose Mourinho is being lined up by Shinawatra.

Eriksson has already been linked with a move away, most notably to one of his previous clubs, Benfica, whom Portuguese media claim want him to replace Jose Antonio Camacho.

"The door is not closed on Benfica," Eriksson's agent Athole Still told O Jogo.

"The question of money is important. He may have been contacted indirectly. If any club wish to talk with Eriksson, they must call me."

Meanwhile, Eriksson has done his best to shrug off the speculation and perhaps put Thaksin in a more difficult position by winning the last two matches of a promising season, starting at Anfield.

Concentrate

Quoted in the Manchester Evening News, Eriksson said: "We are all professionals and we must concentrate on the two games we have left to play.

"It is strange to have two away games to finish and they are both difficult matches but I am sure we are going to produce good performances in both those matches.

"If we will win or not at Liverpool, you never know because they are a top side but all those fans that travel to see us play at Anfield and all those watching back home will see a good performance.

"The players are determined. There are certainly no signs in training that they have packed their bags for their summer holiday. They did excellent sessions earlier this week and playing Liverpool is always special.

"There will be days of speculation, I am sure, but we must be focused on winning matches."