Man City's Dickov: No rift with Eriksson

Departing Manchester City striker Paul Dickov insists he has no grudge against Sven Goran Eriksson after failing to make an impact last season.

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"After Stuart (Pearce) left and Sven arrived, I felt I had a decent pre-season and I was a little bit disappointed that I didn't get my chance though I completely understood that he had a lot of money to spend and wanted to spend it on his own players," said the Scot.

"I still learned a lot from him because he was a great person as a manager and I think he appreciated what I brought to the club.

"Sven and I got on well. We had a lot of time for each other and even when I had gone on loan he still phoned me up a couple of times to ask me about various things. That was nice and he was one of the people who encouraged me to get my coaching badges."

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