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Swedish backing for Eriksson at Man City

Sven Goran Eriksson has received Swedish backing over his move to Manchester City.

Stefan Lundin, chairman of the Association of Swedish Football Coaches, is convinced Eriksson will bring City the success they crave.

Lundin said: "He is a very good coach, a very good trainer, both on the training field and during games.

"If you meet him and Tord Grip then always start talking about 4-4-2 or 4-4-3. That's the main thing they like to discuss.

"They love talking about football and tactics, nothing else.

"I am happy for Eriksson's sake; he seems to have a team once again and we wish him all the best.

"This is a good club with a promising side. I hope he gets success."

Eriksson has not coached a club side for seven years after leaving Italy and Lazio to join England.

He first came into the spotlight with IFK Gothenburg then had spells with Benfica, Roma, Fiorentina, Benfica again, Sampdoria and then Lazio.

Lundin believes the 59-year-old has missed the constant involvement with players.

"I do think it has been hard for him not being on the training field," said Lundin.

"I suspect he missed the day-to-day working with players even when he was national coach.

"Now he has a chance to work in the Premier League and I do not think you can ask for more if you are a coach."

Eriksson is relishing the prospect of managing again, according to Lundin.

He said: "Being coach for the English national team you are under a lot of pressure.

"Everyone wants to know what you are doing, even in the evenings.

"Maybe you have to wonder why he would want to come back to English football. But maybe he does not care what people think.

"Perhaps he just wants to have a club again. He just wants to start working again. You have to remember he has been coaching teams for a very long time."

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