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Man City boss Eriksson grateful to fans after protests

Manchester City boss Sven Goran Eriksson thanked away fans for their support after their 1-0 defeat to Liverpool.

Eriksson had seen his side lose 1-0 at Liverpool to Fernando Torres' 32nd goal of the season on an afternoon dominated by his own future.

City's fans gave plenty of backing to the former England coach, with banners and songs which drowned out The Kop in this Barclays Premier League clash.

It is believed that Eriksson has been told by owner Thaksin Shinawatra that he is likely to be axed, despite massive shows of support from the club's former directors and owners who have been trying to persuade the former Thai prime minister to change his mind.

And afterwards Eriksson said: "The support for me was fantastic, of course it is.

"It makes me stand up from the bench a lot but I can do that, no problem.

"It was fantastic, of course I am thankful. They have been fantastic all season, incredible.

"Maybe it will not affect things, I don't know. But we have one week to go until the season is finished.

"But I would appreciate it if people would accept that we will start talking after that.

"We will not be talking on Monday, more so next month."

Eriksson's reaction to remarks from his agent Athole Still that he would not be in charge at City next season, was: "He said that? They should work and not talk. I heard he had said something, but he has not spoken to me at all."

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